New Plant, Animal, and Insect Laboratory for Maine: PUBLIC HEALTH
Maine faces serious public health threats from tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus, as well as the mosquito-borne diseases West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).
- The reported cases of Lyme disease and other serious illnesses from Maine’s expanding tick population have been steadily increasing.
- University of Maine Cooperative Extension is now operating the only tick identification program in the entire state.
- The new lab will allow screening of ticks for Lyme disease and other disease-causing organisms.
- Moving beyond the simple annoyance posed by mosquitoes, the potentially deadly West Nile virus and EEE are increasingly being found in Maine’s mosquito population.
- The new lab will facilitate statewide mosquito monitoring and a disease prevention/awareness program to combat the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.