MMS, DPH Collaborate: Physician Focus TV on Mosquito and Tick-Borne Diseases

Each year, the risks of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile virus  and Lyme disease cause concern among residents and prompt response by public health officials. This is especially true this year, as threats for EEE and West Nile virus are above normal, and the incidence of Lyme disease, along with other tick-borne illnesses such as babesiosis, continues to be high.

Because of these increased threats, the Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Hopkinton’s HCAM-TV have collaborated in producing a special edition of Physician Focus to raise awareness of these illnesses and encourage residents to take appropriate steps to protect themselves.

This half-hour program features two experts from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Alfred DeMaria, M.D., (right, photo) Medical Director of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases; and Catherine Brown, D.V.M., M.Sc., M.P.H., (center) State Public Health Veterinarian. Hosting the program is Bruce Karlin, M.D., (left) a primary care physician in Worcester, Mass.

Among the topics covered in this program are the dangers these threats pose to humans; environmental conditions that contribute to these risks; why the risks are greater this year than in previous years; control efforts undertaken by state and local agencies; who is most susceptible to these diseases; what you should do if you’ve been bitten by a tick; and the most effective steps individuals can take to protect against mosquito and tick bites.

Mosquito and Tick-Borne Diseases is a special edition and has been produced and distributed in addition to the regular monthly Physician Focus Program. It is available for viewing on public access television stations throughout Massachusetts. To view online, visit The program is also available on iTunes at


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