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Tuesday, July 16, 2024
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Auditorium
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Who, What, Where, When, and Why? 

What are these summer parasites? What kind of diseases can they spread? Where can you find them? Who do they bite? Why are they so dangerous? 

100 million years old. Feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Found on every continent. Able to survive sub-zero temps. These creepy summer hitchhikers have long been annoying, but they can also cause debilitating and deadly diseases!  

Join Dr. Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, PA, MPH, DrPH, for a discussion on these parasitic arachnids! 

Dr. Marcia E. Herman-Giddens is a consultant on ticks and tick-borne infections, and an adjunct professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC.  Dr. Herman-Giddens worked in the field of child health and maltreatment for over 25 years as a medical provider, advocate, researcher, and teacher.  She received her Physician Associate degree from Duke University Medical Center in 1978 and practiced pediatrics there for many years as well as directing their Child Protection Team.  Following her doctorate in public health in 1994, she was the medical director of the NC State Child Fatality Prevention Team and, later, a Senior Consultant at the NC Child Advocacy Institute. 

Dr. Herman-Giddens became interested in tick-borne infections years ago while at Duke University Medical Center.  Her interest and experience was further peaked when she moved to Chatham County three decades ago and witnessed the changing environment and increase in tick diseases among her fellow Chathamites. 

Her earlier research, published in numerous journals, books, and monographs, revolved around the growth and development of children, puberty, media influences on child health, child sexual abuse, and child fatalities, especially those from abuse. More recently it centers around ticks and tick-borne infections.  Dr. Herman-Giddens is currently the Scientific Advisor for the Tick-borne Infections Council of North Carolina. 

The Tick-Borne Infections Council of North Carolina, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to improve the recognition, treatment, control, and understanding of tick-borne diseases in North Carolina. 



July 16th in the Auditorium at the Main Library, 300 North Roxboro Street, from 6-7 pm.

Questions? Contact mkoslofsky@dconc.gov 

Event Organizer

Megan Koslofsky