Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases Conference Cancelled in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

We regret to inform you that the Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases Conference that was to take place on May 2, 2020 at Binghamton University has been cancelled.  

Yesterday, March 11, Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger announced that all in-person classes and conferences will be cancelled by March 19.  The action was taken pursuant to a directive issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

We at Southern Tier Lyme Support sadly agree that the actions taken by President Stenger and Governor Cuomo were the correct choices.  It is clear that everyone should avoid crowded events, especially the elderly and persons who have serious medical conditions. We are particularly concerned for Lyme patients who may have weakened immune systems.

Refunds will be issued to everyone who has already registered for the conference.  

We have begun making plans for a conference that will take place in the spring of 2021.  We hope to see you then!

March Support Group Meeting Cancelled

This is to let you know that we have decided to cancel the Support Group Meeting that was scheduled for Monday, March 16 – due to concerns arising from the coronavirus.  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that elderly persons and persons with severe medical conditions should stay home as much as possible and avoid crowds.  

Up to now, testing for the coronavirus has not been adequate.  The Atlantic Magazine estimated that as of March 6, only 1895 US residents were tested for the virus.  Here is a link to the article:   In comparison, South Korea has already tested 140,000 individuals. 

As of today, CBS News has reported that slightly over 5,000 individuals in the United States  have been tested.  

The lack of adequate testing has created uncertainty in our community.  We have therefore decided it would be in the best interests of our attendees to cancel the March meeting.

Advice about the coronavirus for people who have Lyme disease

Dr. Steven Bock, a Lyme-treating physician, provides information about the coronavirus–and the risk it poses for people with Lyme disease.

He explains about the immune system and ways that Lyme patients (and others with compromised immune systems) can protect themselves…


CDC Strategies Used to Address Coronavirus and Lyme Disease Criticized

Mary Beth Pfeiffer, who spoke at the STLS Fall Forum in 2018, has compared the CDC’s coronavirus efforts to strategies used in the fight against Lyme disease:


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Help BU continue their important Research

Binghamton University’s Dr. Ralph Garruto began studying Lyme disease in 2012. After a large spike in the number of Lyme disease cases and an increase in ticks throughout the Upper Susquehanna River Basin, Dr. Garruto started the Binghamton University Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases Research Project to determine tick densities and infectivity with the Lyme pathogen and assess human risk though demographic and behavioral observation. Preliminary results have shown extremely high tick densities and a high rate of infectivity with the Lyme pathogen. Peri-urban and sub-urban environments have shown to be more risky for tick encounters than more rural or remote areas. The research team is currently working on more data collection to build a model of human risk with broader applications for the region.

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If you would like to make a donation to help fund their research, checks can be made out to The Binghamton Foundation – Lyme Disease Research Project.
Mail to:
Binghamton University Foundation
PO Box 6005
Binghamton, NY. 13902-6005
or it can be sent directly to Dr. Garruto’s office (Still made out to Binghamton Foundation):
Dr. Ralph Garruto
Science 1 Department of Anthropology
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY. 13902-6000
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