Enjoying the Outdoors - Lyme Free
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Just 84 miles to the east of Ridgefield is Lyme, Connecticut where in 1975 a number of mysterious cases of illness lead researchers to finally idenify Lyme Disease. It is caused by bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks (photo). Since then, it has become the most commonly reported vectorborne illness in the US and in New England a fact of life. This program is designed to help the general public learn ways to avoid the disease while still enjoying the great outdoors. Dr. Neeta Connally, Ph.D. from WCONN and Tessa O'Regan a Certified Master Gardener & Landscape Designer will discuss methods of prevention.
Neeta Pardanani Connally, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Dept. of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Western Connecticut State University. Prior to joining the university she was an Associate Research Scientist at Yale University School of Medicine's Emerging Infections Program in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health. Her area of specialty is Lyme Disease Prevention Research.
Tessa O'Regan, Certified Master Gardener and Landscape Designer. She was born in South African and has been living and gardening in Ridgefield, CT for the past 14 years. Tessa has her own design, installation and maintenance business, and has residential and corporate clients in greater Fairfield County. She is passionate about nature and spends as much time as possible outdoors. She recently completed the NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) intensive land care program and uses organic products and practices whenever possible.
A “Safe Gardening” basket will be given to one lucky winner at the program.
This program is co-sponsored with the Ridgefield Public Library, Ridgefield Health Deptartment BLAST Lyme Disease Prevention Program, and the Woodcock Nature Center.
Black-legged ticks a.k.a deer ticks photo from Bug Busterzzz Maine Pest Control