BLOCK ISLAND, RI – A Rhode Island Public Radio community forum about Block Island and the rise of tick-borne diseases. Lyme disease and, now, babesiosis have had a huge impact on the island. And babesiosis is emerging as a threat even beyond the island. We talk about that emerging threat and what scientists and medical professionals are learning about it, hear some updates on how Block Island is addressing the problem, and look at our current understanding of how to diagnose and treat these diseases.
Recorded on September 9, 2012 at The Smugglers' Cove on Block Island, RI, the forum was hosted by Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay.
Our panelists include:
Maria Diuk-Wasser, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health
Maria Diuk-Wasser studies the environmental drivers of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. She's currently studying the ticks that carry Lyme and babesiosis on Block Island.
Elizabeth Dyer, Nurse Practitioner, Block Island Medical Center
Elizabeth Dyer joined the BI Medical Center last fall.
Mary Sue Record, Chair, Block Island Deer Task Force
Mary Sue Record, a former software engineer, has been involved in addressing Lyme disease on the island for many years.
Fred Silverblatt, MD, Medical Director, South County Hospital Lyme Disease Clinic
Fred Silverblatt is an infectious disease specialist. He's also a professor emeritus at Brown University's Alpert Medical School.