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Solving the Puzzle: Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus & You

Written by Chris Herman

            Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University will be hosting Yale's Traveling Peabody Museum Exhibit "Solving the Puzzle: Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus & You" in the J. Eugene Smith Library from Sept. 25-Oct. 5. The traveling exhibit focuses on Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus as models for exploring the interplay between environmental change, biodiversity and vector-borne diseases.
The exhibit presentation addresses key components of the pathogens, vectors and hosts for each disease such as essential information about the distinctive tick and mosquito life cycles and how humans interact with these cycles. The exhibit will also provide an examination of common and differing elements of the diseases, as well as the differences between bacterial (Lyme) and viral (West Nile) pathogens.

"It should be a very interesting and educational exhibit," said Eastern assistant librarian Tracy Sutherland.  "As the chair of the library program committee and the librarian liaison for the HPE department I thought it more than appropriate to bring to Eastern Connecticut State University."

Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History is funded by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Both awards are provided by the Division of Clinical Research in the National Center for Research Resources at the NIH.

For information on the exhibit, contact Tracy Sutherland at or call the J. Eugene Smith Library at 1-877-587-8693.

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