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Preventing and Treating Diseases Borne by Mosquitoes and Ticks

posted Wednesday, February 18, 2015

On Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, State Entomologist Alan Graham, and Naturopathic Physician and Lyme Disease specialist, Dr. Alexis Chesney, will share their respective work as it relates to insect- and tick-borne diseases. Alan Graham will present the perspective of a scientist working in the field, particularly on mosquito management, and Dr. Chesney will offer her view of preventing, testing for, and treating Lyme Disease. There will be ample time devoted to answering questions from the audience.

The talk will take place at the First Parish Universalist Church of Chester at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by the Chester Conservation Committee and is free of charge.

Mr. Graham was appointed to the position of State Entomologist in Feb. 2013. He has served on the staff of the Vt. Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets since 2001. He has a Master of Science degree in Entomology and Applied Ecology from the University of Delaware. He reports to Vermonters about the presence of diseases such as West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis and ways to minimize exposure to them.

Dr. Chesney is a Naturopathic Physician at the Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster, Vt. She received a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut. She frequently gives presentations to the public and to health care professionals about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme Disease.

For more information about this talk, please contact Melissa Post at 802-875-4102 or

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