Tick Prevention Forum in Southampton

On Wednesday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced a series of tick prevention educational forums that will be held by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. The first will take place at Southampton Town Hall on Monday at 7 p.m.

This initiative comes after the County Legislature approved funding earlier this year to enhance the county's arthropod borne disease laboratory, which studies tick-borne and mosquito-borne pathogens.

Under the direction of Mr. Bellone, the Suffolk County Department of Health and the New York State Department of Health created a tick surveillance and management program to monitor the tick population and provide towns with practices for tick management.

"It is essential for everyone to take appropriate steps to protect themselves from tick-borne diseases," Dr. James Tomarken, the Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services, said in a release. "I encourage residents to attend these forums to learn how to stay safe, as always, seek prompt medical attention if becoming ill after a tick bite."

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are nearly 300,000 cases of Lyme disease reported each year across the country. Furthermore, there are multiple types of tick-borne illnesses in Suffolk County in addition to Lyme disease, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, and ehrlichiosis.

The forums, which are taking place in Southampton, Huntington, Brookhaven, and Peconic, will inform residents about various tick-borne diseases and suggest the best practices to minimize contact with the tick population.

Dr. Scott Campbell, a Suffolk County Health Services entomologist who will lead the presentations, will also be joined by Suffolk County legislators and Dr. Tomarken.

"Whether you live in Huntington or Hampton Bays, our goal is keep residents safe as we enter the final weeks of the summer season," Mr. Bellone said in a press release.

Residents who cannot attend the forums can submit questions to Tick.Prevention@suffolkcountyny.gov to receive guidance from experts at the Department or call the Health Department's public health hotline at 631-787-2200.

South Fork Forum
Monday, August 21 - 7:00 PM
Southampton Town Hall
116 NY-27A
Southampton, NY

Tuesday, August 22 - 7:00 PM
LaunchPad Huntington
315 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Huntington, NY

Tuesday, September 5 - 7:00 PM
Middle Country Library
101 Eastwood Boulevard
Centereach, NY

North Fork Forum
Tuesday, September 5 - 7:00 PM
Peconic Recreational Center
1170 Peconic Lane
Peconic, NY