Staten Island Borough President Joe Oddo will host forum to educate public on Lyme disease

Free event will provide updates on tick data and protective measures for residents

Lyme Disease Forum in May to update Staten Islanders

Lyme Disease Forum in May to update Staten Islanders

Lyme Disease Forum in May 2019 for Staten Islanders- Borough President James Oddo will sponsor a Lyme Disease Forum in May to update Staten Islanders about the prevalence of ticks and tick-borne illness on Staten Island. This free event will be held on Wednesday, May 29th from 7:00-8: 30 pm at the Bernikow JCC (1466 Manor Road) and coincides with May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

At this forum, The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and researchers from Columbia University will present important information about Lyme disease and the black-legged ticks that are vectors for the disease. DOHMH staff will also provide statistical updates on the incidence of Lyme disease cases in New York City and on Staten Island. There will also be presentations on tick precautions and removal. There will be a demonstration of how mice bait boxes—or mice “car washes”—work, one of the tick control measures that New York City is undertaking at the urging of Borough President Oddo.

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Topics to be discussed at the event include basic facts about Lyme disease, symptoms and health impacts, public safety tips, precautions when exploring natural areas, and do’s and don’ts on tick removal. A question and answer period with the audience will follow the presentations.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Members of NYC DOHMH including Sally Slavinski, DVM, MPH, Assistant Director, Zoonotic and Vector borne Disease Unit; John Zuzworsky, Senior Vector Ecologist, Office of Vector Surveillance and Control; and Mario Merlino, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Veterinary and Pest Control Services
  • Maria Diuk-Wasser, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Columbia University
  • Christopher J. Pappas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Manhattanville College

“Our quest to mitigate the growing number of Staten Islanders suffering from Lyme disease is being fought on many fronts, and educating the public about the disease and how it is spread is a vital step,” said Borough President Oddo. “The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University are working with us on the front lines to combat ticks and the spread of Lyme disease. It is essential Staten Islanders gain as much information as possible to be able to protect themselves.”

If you wish to attend the forum, please RSVP to Diane Marciuliano at (718)816-2246 or

The Borough President’s previous Lyme disease Forum in August 2016 attracted over 100 individuals.