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SBU Experts Offer Water and Woods Midsummer Safety Reminders

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Somas boat with captured shark
A School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences boat with captured shark.

The summer is a great time to be outdoors — but it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe, specifically when it comes to sharks and ticks.

As we approach the middle of summer, many people are enjoying the sights and sounds of being outdoors. But there are some precautions to consider with all that activity in the water and in the woods.

Stony Brook Matters talked with experts at Stony Brook University who provided advice on how you and your family can stay safe during the summer months.

In the past few weeks, there have been at least five shark bites in Long Island waters. Shark sightings, and even bites, have become more common in recent years. And while all the victims in these most recent incidents suffered only minor injuries, it’s still important to be cautious when you head into the water.

Christopher Paparo, manager of the Marine Sciences Center at Stony Brook Southampton, breaks down why we are seeing an uptick in shark sightings along the East Coast and on Long Island and offers some ways to protect yourself.

Tick kit
Example of a tick removal kit available at the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center. (Photo courtesy of Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital)

Whether you’re going on a family hike, camping in the woods or camping on the beach, checking yourself and your family for ticks is essential. If ticks go undetected, they can transmit Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

At the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center located at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, a registered nurse answers Help Line calls about tick removal, when to seek medical attention and other tick-related questions. Anna-Marie Wellins, DNP, a medical advisory panel member for the resource center, explains the tick situation on Long Island and how to protect you and your family.

Read the complete story at Stony Brook Matters.

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