Free Lyme testing
The Block Island Medical Center will be offering free testing for Lyme disease and babesiosis on Monday, Oct. 9, between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Block Island Medical Center.
The testing, called a serosurvey, is part of research being conducted by Dr. Peter Krause and colleagues from Yale University, in collaboration with Columbia University professor Dr. Maria Diuk-Wasser. Krause and Diuk-Wasser, along with the Block Island Medical Center’s Medical Director, Dr. Mark Clark, Nurse Practitioner Liz Dyer and nurse Linda Closter, are hosting Monday’s event.
“The ultimate goal of our studies is to translate knowledge into action and to design better and more efficient integrated disease control strategies,” said Pilar Fernandez, a member of Columbia University’s tick and Lyme disease research team. “All of this information will help us understand how the disease is transmitted, how to design better environmental interventions, and how to provide education on protection measures designed to reduce exposure.”
“The antibody testing shows whether a person has had Lyme disease or babesiosis in the past. Gathering data on human infection over the years will help us understand how the risk of Lyme disease and other tick transmitted diseases change over time,” said Dr. Krause.