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Symposium to Address the Tick-Borne Diseases Epidemic

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Tick-borne illnesses are a growing problem on Long Island, and a new season is about to begin. To prepare for this and inform the public, Stony Brook Medicine experts are tackling the topic head on at an April 12 symposium. They will detail the status of the tick borne disease epidemic on Long Island, talk about the spread of the Lone Star tick and Ehrlichiosis, and address the problem with double Lyme/babesia infections.

Speakers will include Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University, as well as Stony Brook Medicine experts Jorge Benach, PhD; Luis Marcos, MD; Christy Beneri, DO; and Eric Spitzer, MD.

Clinicians will also present data on difficult adult and pediatric cases, review newly emergent tick-borne infections surfacing around the region, and explain why laboratory diagnosis of tick-borne diseases can be difficult.

The symposium,  titled “The Tick-Borne Diseases Epidemic; the Stony Brook Medicine Experience,” will take place on Thursday, April 12, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Stony Brook’s Health Sciences Center.

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