This year’s tick season is likely to be a bad one, with this past winter being relatively mild and quite wet, which created the perfect breeding conditions, according to microbiologist Angela McEwen, one of two presenters at next week’s informational program on tick and mosquito-borne diseases at the Scarborough Public Library.

The free eventwill be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and many libraries across the state are offering special programs and information on the prevention of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

In addition, this summer the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention is launching a special Tick-Free ME Challenge, for adults 45 and up. The deadline to enroll is June 22. According to the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, adults 45 and older have the highest rates of tick-borne diseases in Maine.

Catie Peranzi, a health educator in the state’s Division of Disease Control, who is the other speaker scheduled for next week’s program , added that with the rates of Lyme disease “on the rise, it’s really important for everyone to educate themselves on the best preventive measures they should be taking.”

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The Scarborough Public Library is offering a program on tick and mosquito-borne diseases on May 24.

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