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Tick management symposium to be held in Washington, DC in May

Entomological Society of America

Ticks that transmit Lyme disease and other pathogens have been spreading geographically, and increased numbers of illnesses are being diagnosed. To address this issue, a symposium on Integrated Tick Management will be held May 16-17, 2016 in Washington, DC by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America, the IPM Institute of North America, and the North Central IPM Center.

The symposium aims to:

    1. Address the current status of the tick and tick-borne disease (TBD) problem and current practices for Integrated Tick Management.

    2. Detail the connection between Integrated Tick Management, reducing tick populations and disease transmission.

    3. Identify knowledge gaps and prioritize needs.

    4. Identify existing and potentially impactful approaches, collaborations, and level of investment required to significantly reduce the burden of illness and public health impact of ticks and TBDs.

    5. Summarize findings for informing various constituencies including government at all levels, funding agencies, the media, and the public about the impact of TBDs and possible solutions.

    6. Participate in an optional visit to Capitol Hill to educate policymakers coordinated by the Entomological Society of America.

Researchers, educators, advocates, policymakers, and other interested parties are invited to attend in order to learn about the latest science on effective prevention and intervention strategies to reduce tick-borne disease transmission.

Attendees will also have the option to participate in a post-conference visit to Capitol Hill to inform policymakers about the need for increased investment in tick management and tick-borne disease prevention.

Registration and hotel information are available at

Tick researchers who would like to submit a poster are encouraged to so. The deadline to submit a poster is April 1, 2016. Instructions can be found at

Members of the media who would like to attend should write to Richard Levine at 301-731-4535, ext. 3009.


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