Saturday, February 22, 2014

Free Lyme disease testing is coming to Cape Cod

Free Lyme disease testing is coming to the Cape
By Cynthia McCormick, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Massachusetts

Cape Codders bitten by deer ticks will be able to have them tested for Lyme and two other diseases for free starting this spring.

The testing will take place at the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is being funded by a $111,000 Governor's Community Innovation Challenge program.

Local boards of health and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will have prepaid mailers addressed to the UMass laboratory of microbiologist Stephen Rich, said Larry Dapsis, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension deer tick program coordinator. The plan is to have mailers available sometime in April, he said.

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