May is Lyme Disease Awareness month

Maine’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) is planning events in May to raise awareness and increase knowledge of prevention for Lyme Disease Awareness month.

This year marks the seventh annual statewide poster contest for students in grades K-8. Children at this age have high rates of Lyme disease, which is why increasing their knowledge of prevention is important.

The topic of this year’s contest is “Tick Watch” to emphasize awareness prevention of ticks. In addition there are free downloadable curriculum materials available.

For details about the contest click here. To view last year’s winners visit http://www.maine.gov/lyme.

Maine CDC tick curriculum materials can be found under resources for educators. These are available for use by any classroom and include and educator’s guide, PowerPoint presentations, and classroom activities to help educate on ticks in Maine.

Contest entries must be received by the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program by April 29. If you have any questions, contact the Public Health Corps at PHC.DHHS@maine.gov.