08/28/17 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count them.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count them.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last month a plan to expedite the approval process for a vaccine to ward off Lyme disease. (more…)

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08/28/17 12:00pm
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A speedy recovery
To the Editor:
Robbie Gorcoff was at work last Wednesday. Nothing unusual. He’s worked for the Shelter Island Highway Department for a long time. You’d recognize his face, if not his name. He’s done the cleaning, paving, plowing, fixing and whatever else our roads require. Roads, by the way, that are spectacular compared to the metropolis up Island — Manhattan. (more…)

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07/18/17 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Dr. Scott Campbell

JULIE LANE PHOTO  Dr. Scott Campbell

Summer on Shelter Island comes with warnings about ticks and concerns about the illnesses they can transmit, such as Lyme disease. But lately other lesser-known tick-borne ailments are grabbing the attention of East End locals, who reach out to experts because they are concerned the situation is worsening. (more…)

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07/18/17 10:00am
LESHOWARD / FLICKR.COM The Southold Town Board is considering importing bobwhite quail into several town preserves.

LESHOWARD / FLICKR.COM The Southold Town Board is considering importing bobwhite quail into several town preserves.

With Shelter Island involved in a nearly decade-long effort to find ways to control the tick population here, neighboring Southold Town is beginning a new experiment help solve the problem.

On July 5, the Southold Town Board discussed details of a pilot program to import bobwhite quail into several town preserves, hoping the birds will eat the ticks that lead to Lyme disease and other serious ailments. (more…)

07/17/17 2:00pm
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REPORTER FILE PHOTO

The experts agree, this is a banner year for tick populations on the East End. And with ticks comes not just Lyme Disease, but a whole host of tick borne ailments and illnesses such as babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and the alpha-gal red meat allergy, which comes specifically from the Lone Star Tick. (more…)