Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner Announces New Lyme Disease Prevention Effort During "Tick Tour"

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 27, 2008) - On Wednesday, May 28, State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will participate in the first "Tick Tour"of the Department's Vector Ecology Laboratory at Hudson Valley Community College to highlight the need for Lyme disease prevention and mark Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

The media will have an opportunity to interview and photograph Dr. Daines and research scientists in the laboratory during various stages of the tick-testing process. Photo opportunities will include: viewing live ticks and viewing ticks through a high-magnification microscope; observing research scientists extracting tick DNA to test for the presence of pathogens; and viewing the test results for ticks found to be positive for Lyme disease.

WHAT: Press are invited to accompany State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., on a "Tick Tour" of the state Vector Ecology Laboratory where ticks are tested for Lyme disease and other pathogens.
WHERE: Room 313, Amstuz Science Hall, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue (Route 4) Troy, N.Y.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 28th at 11:30 A.M.
PARKING: Parking is available in the faculty lot off South Drive (which is opposite the Country Grove Tavern) and directly off Vandenburgh Ave (Route 4). The lot entrance is the second paved left off of South Drive. See campus map here:   (PDF, 140MB, 1pg.)