Feasting on Rural America: The Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases

From The Rural Monitor
May 17, 2017
by Jenn Lukens

Part parasite and part predator, the tick has become one of the nation’s most harmful bugs. Overgrown, humid areas are prime real estate for these critters, making rural America more susceptible to their growing numbers and the diseases they carry.

Even with the paranoia they incite, ticks have managed to lie low, out of the spotlight. Not until recently has the national conversation started picking up speed as Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses have become the most prolific zoonotic diseases in our nation. Lyme disease, the most-reported of the 20+ tick-borne diseases in the United States, is estimated to infect around 300,000 people every year.


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Registration now open for 2017 Immunize SD Conference


Immunize SD
August 4, 2017
Holiday Inn, Downtown Sioux Falls

The Sioux Falls Area Immunization Coalition invites you to their 2017 state-wide conference, Immunize SD. Join us as we work to increase community awareness about vaccine preventable diseases by supporting health care providers across the state with high-quality education and community outreach resources. Topics to be covered include adolescent vaccinations, vaccine hesitancy, vaccines on the horizon, and HPV.

National Speakers Include:

  • James Conway, MD, FAAP
  • Richard L. Gorman, MD
  • Gary S. Marshall, MD

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