Lyme Disease Coalition, Inc. is working on our Surveillance project to be used in conjunction with our prevention program.
In effort to help notify the community of human risk, the Coalition is going to be conducting tick drags in Susquehanna County. Training was received at an earlier meeting held in Apolacon Twp. with Amanda Roome of Sunny Broom.
We will utilize the information obtained from these drags to locate areas of high infestation and publish the results both on the website, and social media as well as local media, and other organizations who are interested. Below is an outline of the project we intend to perform and report on which utilizes part of the program BU has been using:
Lyme Surveillance Project Teams
Field Tick Dragging Team: The dragging team is responsible for tick and ecological data collection. They are out in the field (following protocol) dragging corduroy cloths over low lying vegetation on and around walkways in public parks and on campus to collect ticks. Questing (in search of a blood meal) ticks will grab onto the cloth where upon they are transferred into vials filled with 70% ethanol and brought to the lab where they are identified by species (typically the deer tick, Ixodes scapularis), life cycle stage (larvae, nymph or adult) and sex (only adults).
Field Behavioral Team: The behavioral team assesses the degree of risk for coming in contact with potentially infected ticks. Both clothing and behavioral risk are noted on walkways. Observations are conducted in 30 minute segments where you note the type of clothing and activities of individual, as well as the demographic patterns. This team is critical in order to assess human risk of infection.
Modeling Team: The modeling team is responsible for taking the data generated by each team and creating algorithms to develop a predictive model of risk for human populations. This team also administers a survey assessing knowledge of and how people are affected by Lyme disease in order to help validate the risk model developed. Mathematical and statistical training and modeling skills are very useful for this team, but not required.
As part of our prevention program, we will give out FREE “Tick-Off” Tick kits to residents who show infestation of tick activity.
”They usually measure human risk in density of infected nymphs. 0.3 infected nymphs per 1000 square meters is considered to be high human risk”
With time sensitive data of infection being mailed out, we will use the number of ticks per sq. as indication of infestation for gifting free Tick Aid Kits.
Literature will be left with any others to be aware and share with family and friends.
If you feel you would like to be a part of these teams, or donate to our organization to help pay for costs incurred to fulfill our goals, please Volunteer Here Donate Here.
or send us an email to: email@example.com and let us know how you'd like to help.
Acquired the support of a counselor for those who may not be able to leave their homes due to the physical and mental issues created by Lyme disease.
Created a partnership with the Suicide Awareness Program (Margaret Moran)
Networked with PALyme
TickEncounter, to name a few.
Held meetings in new locations:
Initiated the March event at the Elk Lake School
Received our recognition from Susquehanna County
Traveled to Harrisburg to support the passing of HB 174 which would help get medical needs addressed.
Attended: Meetings of;
The Montrose Support Group
Susquehanna County Commissioners
Open house hosted by Representative Jonathan Fritz to speak to him about supporting legislation on Lyme disease
The third Lyme disease conference held at Suny Broom in NY,
Superhero Event in Montrose, where we handed out our first “Tick Off” tick kit in a raffle basket.
4th of July Parade in Montrose Walk / Float, where we also had a table to give out information, answer question, and hold our third drawing for a free Tick Aid Kit to help prevent tick-borne diseases. And also raised funds from donations, and tick kit sponsorships.
Tick Surveillance Training Seminar hosted at the Apolacon Twp. Building, where we gave out our second “Tick Off” tick kit
Yoga classes for Lyme patients that was well received with comments of “Thank you for arranging something to help get us motivated to move, it was exactly what was needed.”
Developed educational materials, brochures, bookmarks, and slideshow presentations we are eager to get into the public hands, as well as begin showing our slide show.
We have tried to accommodate the many needs of Lyme patients along with providing valuable prevention education, including several articles in the local newspapers and radio station.
Considering attending a Health Fair Opportunity Wednesday September 27th (noon-6pm) and Thursday September 28th (6am-noon) in Towanda. (although not in Susquehanna County, it would cover some residents of our county that work there, and possibly engage other county areas to start hosting Lyme & Tick-Borne disease meetings.
Working on creating our tick drags so we can start performing surveillance around the county to provide us with data in evaluation the severity of risk and in what locations are worst. These ticks will be sent in for basic testing, and our data published not only on our website, social media, but also sent to the CDC, and other organizations, and schools interested in working with us, as well as State and Local officials. Upon finding epidemic areas, we will give out FREE “Tick Off” tick aid kits to help those residents quickly start prevention techniques.
Creating poster boards of our slide show presentation so that we might present at camps and other outdoor areas too bright for a slideshow.
Awaiting our CPA to finalize our 501c3 status.
We will need volunteers and funding for these and many of the other tasks we have implemented, and plan to develop.
This years parade efforts came with less people walking for Lyme Disease Awareness as some were too sick. The Lyme Disease Coalition, Inc. organization was encouraged to press on, and with the help of another great family managed to pull it off. LDC. Inc. also had a table set up to hand out information while folks waited for the parade to get through town. At 1:00 pm one of the children drew names until a winner in attendance was drawn, for the LDC's "Tick Off" tick kit. The kits are filled with Tick ID, instructions how to remove ticks, supplies to clean the area and hands, as well as supplies and information to send ticks in for testing. Clothing treatment and skin repellent donated by "Sawyer" to help aid the prevention of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases also was part of the giveaway drawing. Others gave $20 to sponsor another tick kit, some just made a contribution, asked questions and took information.
Along the parade route while literature was handed out, many near them also reached out and asked if they too might have the information. Punch ball balloons marked "Punch out Lyme" were a huge hit with the kids in place of candy which Lyme patients can't have do to the sugar.
Lyme Disease Coalition, Inc. considers this to be a success considering the numbers of people who asked for information. Over 1500 pieces of literature is estimated to have been handed out, and many ideas for next years parade, and this years events were spawn.
The Coalition is working on making the tick drags similar to the one sampled in the parade to perform drags around the county, which they were trained in at a recent event held at the Apolacon Township building. Once they are completed an announcement will be made as to where the first will be held. Results will be posted on the web site, and shared to other organizations with interest.
Calendar of Events is also on the web site, as well as posted on the Facebook page, so be sure to subscribe to at least one, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the event notice email list.
Special thanks to Well Kneaded Massage, and Castrogiovanni Agency - Nationwide Insurance for the support.
Other business sponsors which helped to get the Coalition Programs started are:
SM Smith & Company Inc. - Erie Insurance and Topp Business Solutions
Venue hosting and class or speaker sponsors: Apolacon Twp., Evans Chiropractic Center- Gerald D. Evans DC, New Milford Rifle and Pistol Club, Canawacta Rod & Gun Club, Inc., Binghamton University's Amanda Roome, Judy Robilotti of Angel Food, Yvette Bugler - Yoga instructor, DeLores A. Davis MSW LSW, and Kids Consignments.
Tickets for the drawing of our "Tick Off" tick kit are printed!!
There are only 200 and will be handed out during the parade, and a few at our table which will be in front of Kids Consignments (Church Street side), Next to Relay for Life! What a combo right?
Karen will be tending the table for us so be sure to stop and say hi, ask for brochures and sign up for the FREE drawing @ 1:00!
Did you read it right? Did it say FREE? YES!!
If you miss out at the table, be sure to run out and grab one during the parade~ show your support and jump in with us too!!
This FREE drawing is sponsored in part by YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS, and "SAWYER", we're "Working Together to Combat Lyme and Related Diseases", and we're PROUD to have such a big name sponsor our pilot program in prevention. Be sure to get a picture standing by our table and show the Poster and product, then post or send to "Sawyer" and let them know you appreciate their sponsorship!
(Be sure to send us a copy too!)
Have a safe outdoor holiday, and help prevent the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Check for ticks several times while outdoors especially when in grassy areas, but be aware they will even crawl on chairs and porches, so don't let your guard down. Use your favorite prevention products,and remember Permethrin is NOT for skin.