We hope that by spreading the word about proven effective tick-bite protection tools and strategies, Prevention Partners will have a positive impact on the health of their community, and will encourage others to become TickEncounter Prevention Partners, too!
"Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc - (VHB), is a major engineering and environmental consulting firm along the east coast. Our engineers, scientists, and surveyors are involved with field condition surveys as part of their regular work. They are exposed to areas where tick/Lyme exposure is probable and becoming a TickEncounter Prevention Partner helps us educate, engage, and empower our team.
We move projects forward. That's what VHB has been doing for our clients and communities for 30 years. Providing multidisciplinary planning, design, engineering, and consulting for some of the nation's most complex infrastructure and development initiatives, VHB professionals take projects from concept to completion. Our planning, transportation, land development, and environmental professionals create successful and workable results, changing the face of the built environment."
"The Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) is a research laboratory and outreach operation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our focus is on the ecology and evolution of zoonotic disease, with primary emphasis on tick-borne disease and human malaria. As part of our mission to educate the public and convey information about risk and exposure to tick-borne disease in the Northeastern US, we established a tick ID and testing service in 2006. We are a not-for-profit operation that provides this service to individuals for a fee to offset costs of testing. All results are provided confidentially to clients, and data summaries are posted on our web site to help educate the public about the distribution and abundance of ticks and disease. While primary attention has been on Lyme for several decades, we are following very closely the increasing incidence of Anaplasma, Babesia and viral pathogens in these ticks. The TickEncounter Resource Center is a very impressive presence and resource and we would be pleased and honored to partner with them."
UMass Extension, in cooperation with researchers at UMass Laboratory for Medical Zoology, will assess specimens to determine whether they are black legged ticks (deer ticks), and if so, will determine whether or not they carry the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease. The test can detect the Lyme disease pathogen from a single tick. There is a fee of $40 per sample.
Wood River Animal Hospital: "Wood River Animal Hospital is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care, and health-related educational opportunities for our clients."
Ransford Environmental Solutions: "We are a family owned pest control company that has been in business since 1896. We are members of local and national organizations including the EPA's PESP (Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program) . We want to educate our customers about the dangers of disease carrying ticks. By partnering with TERC we want to protect our customers and their communities from tick bites and the diseases they can carry with the least amount of impact to the environment."
Tick Task Force: "Lincoln has established a Tick Task Force whose mission is to educate the public about the prevalence and dangers of tick borne diseases, how to protect themselves from being infected, and how to best advocate for themselves and their families when seeking medical diagnosis and treatment."
As the first community partner assisting in the effort to prevent tick-borne diseases, Pier Cleaners achieved honorary status as a Standard Level Partner. They are currently collaborating with TERC to create informational inserts and coupons for tick repellent that the company will include with dry cleaning and laundry orders.
NLH: "We are no stranger to the outdoors. Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74 bed acute care hospital with an 84 bed skilled nursing home located at the foothills of the Adirondacks in New York. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, we are no stranger to ticks. That is why we have launched a comprehensive community education program with TickEncounter to safeguard our residents and our region’s visitors. Our providers share our message of tick bite prevention. Littauer provides the finest in state-of-the-art technology and a caring, dedicated staff of health care professionals. The Littauer medical staff brings amazing technical expertise and competence to the residents of Fulton County and the surrounding communities. At Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home, we're people caring for people".
Lyme Research Alliance – Committed to a Cure. "We fund ground-breaking research in the field of tick-borne disease, and our new name better reflects what we do,” said Diane Blanchard, co-founder of the organization. At any given moment several research teams across the country are working with funding supplied by LRA to help improve the lives of people who have been exposed to Lyme disease. We fund studies that deepen our understanding of how the Lyme bacterium evades the body’s defenses and contrives to evade the effect of powerful antibiotics. We fund a study that is in the early stages of applying for stage 1 clinical trials of the first ever drug to treat persistent Lyme disease. And we fund a team that is scrutinizing the current diagnostic tests that are far from reliable."