Helpful Information to Prevent Disease

Help Line Nurse Rebecca YoungHelp Line

Our "Help Line" Nurse, Rebecca Young, RN, BSN, fielded 900 calls from the public in 2017. Callers receive expert advice on tick removal, help understanding laboratory results, and, when appropriate, referrals to physicians and other medical professionals. Calls to the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center originate from all over New York State, the U.S., and also internationally.

If you have a question about ticks, call Rebecca at (631) 726-TICK.

Educational Materials

Click on the images below to view or download a PDF. To request printed copes, please call (631) 726-0452 or email

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Physician Articles

How Ticks Make You Sick - English/Spanish George Dempsey, MD March 25, 2015
Arthritis and Lyme Disease Elaine Karis, MD August 25, 2014
Food Allergy Triggered by Tick Bites Erin McGintee, MD May 22, 2014

PowerPoint Presentations

Analysis of Tick Repellents

Tick Tips Videos

Check our YouTube channel for helpful short videos.


Other Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Suffolk County Department of Health Services Arthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory

University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center