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UTAS presents program on ticks

The UT Arboretum Society invites you to learn about ticks and tick-borne diseases on Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 -8:00 p.m. at the Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge Campus, City Room.

“Let’s Talk Ticks: Changing Patterns of Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases in Tennessee Forests,” of interest to many as warm weather approaches, will be presented by Dr. Graham J. Hickling, UT Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries professor and past director of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Wildlife Health. Dr. Hickling recently received a National Science Foundation Emerging Infectious Disease award for his research on Lyme disease.

Dr. Hickling is studying several of the serious tick-vectored diseases in Tennessee, including ehrliosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Southern Tick associated rash illness. He has also studied the ecology of bovine tuberculosis and other wildlife diseases that affect humans.

For more information, contact Michelle Campanis at 865-483-7277 or mcampani@utk.edu. Registration is not required for this program.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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One comment

  1. I have chronic lyme disease and 5 co infections with erchilos being one of them. If I am able I would love to attend.Tick borne diseases are not rare in Tennessee as many doctors seem to believe. Lyme disables and kills ! It’s no joke.I am glad to see more awareness in our area. I would love to see more physicians trained in our area on tick borne diseases especially late stage lyme disease.The CDC has made it impossible to get insurance coverage for late stage lyme disease due to outdated and inaccurate information. If lyme is treated early it can be eliminated however if it’s not caught early it can become a life sentence.I have friends that are no longer here due to lyme so please take it serious. Lyme is life changing.

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