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07/31/19 12:00pm

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Dragging for ticks at Mashomack.

Suffolk County officials have released the findings of a multi-year study of ticks — and the pathogens they carry — that show how prevalent tick-borne illnesses have become, especially on the East End. (more…)

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07/14/19 3:00pm

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Vital gift
To the Editor:
Due to the emergency blood shortage in the New York Blood Center, the Town of Shelter Island is hosting the fourth annual summer blood drive on Thursday, July 25 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Emergency Medical Services Building, 12 Manwaring Road.

Blood donations typically decline in the summer when schools go on break and people take vacations, and tougher screening rules have left the New York Blood Center with just a two- to-three-day supply of some blood types. (more…)

08/03/18 12:00pm
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PHOTO Longhorned ticks.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PHOTO Longhorned ticks.

The clock is ticking.

As if the deer tick problem weren’t bad enough, two state departments — Health and Agriculture & Markets — are now urging New Yorkers to be on the alert for the longhorned tick, a new species that may soon make its way here.

Native to eastern Asia, the tick was recently spotted in New York for the first time in Westchester County. (more…)