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Media advisory: Integrated Tick Management Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Entomological Society of America

Tick-borne diseases such as Heartland virus, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are serious public-health threats. In order to address these threats, 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 will hold the "Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America's Tick-Borne Disease Problem" in Washington, DC, May 16-17, 2016.

Members of the media are invited to attend by contacting Richard Levine at, or 301-731-4535, ext 3009.


Entomologists and public-health officials from the USDA, DOD, USGS, several universities, and other institutions. Closing remarks will be delivered by May Berenbaum, President of the Entomological Society of America.

The full agenda, with speakers and topics, is available at:


The symposium will address:

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

  • The connection between Integrated Tick Management, reducing tick populations, and disease transmission.

  • Knowledge gaps and needs that should be prioritized.

  • 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 Tick-borne diseases.

  • How to inform various constituencies, including government at all levels, funding agencies, the media, and the public about the impact of Tick-borne diseases and possible solutions.


Westin Washington City Center
1400 M Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005

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Monday, May 16, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (a reception will be held from 5:30-7:00 PM)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM.


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