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Five Questions With: Dr. Thomas Mather

By Harold Ambler

Five Questions With: Dr. Thomas Mather

Providence Business News (PBN) interviewed Dr. Thomas Mather "The Tick Guy".

5 questions from PBN:

  • PBN: Where is public awareness when it comes to Lyme disease, compared to where it needs to be?
  • PBN: How commonly do Rhode Islanders contract Lyme in suburban environments, playing or working in their yards?
  • PBN: What is the status of the debates revolving around testing and treatment and protocols coming from the CDC?
  • PBN: How many people that you know personally have had Lyme, and have you ever had it yourself?
  • PBN: How successful would you deem efforts to mitigate disease exposure by having yards sprayed with insecticide?

Go to pbn.com to read Dr. Mather's answers.

Excerpt:

PBN: Where is public awareness when it comes to Lyme disease, compared to where it needs to be?

Mather: "There’s quite a bit of awareness about Lyme disease but there’s also quite a bit of misinformation and misinterpretation and application of the available information, both about the diseases caused by ticks and about ticks, tick bite protection and tick-borne disease prevention. Unlike other biting bugs that you can hear coming like mosquitoes, until found, ticks seem to fail to raise consciousness, and that results in poor mental linkages between when or where you encountered the tick and the anxious need to get it off your skin. So prevention for most people starts after a tick bite when it really needs to start well before. In most people’s consciousness, tick bites won’t happen to them, until they do."