Maine CDC Press Release

June 26, 2012

Winners of Lyme Disease Awareness Contests Announced by Maine CDC

AUGUSTA – Maine CDC is pleased to announce the winners of our 2012 Lyme Disease Awareness Month contests. During May, Maine CDC held the third annual poster contest, and first audio contest with Maine schools to highlight student’s artistic talents as well as to encourage learning about Lyme disease prevention strategies. Students were asked to create posters or audio clips with the theme “Know Ticks, No Lyme.” Posters and clips represented at least one of the four main ways to prevent Lyme disease:

  1. Wear protective clothing
  2. Use repellent
  3. Perform daily tick checks
  4. Use caution in tick infested areas

One poster winner was selected from each of the four age groups. The audio contest had one winning entry created by four students.

“The entries this year were fantastic” said Dr. Stephen Sears, State Epidemiologist. “These contests really exemplify the creativity of Maine students. They are also a great way to increase awareness of the importance of Lyme disease prevention.”

The poster winners who were recognized at their schools are:

Caroline Dishop from Guilford Butler School in South Thomaston (Grades K-1) Sophie O’Clair from Weatherbee School in Hampden (Grades 2-3) Chantel Gayton from Martel Elementary School in Lewiston (Grades 4-5) Cassidy Osgood from Cherryfield Elementary in Cherryfield (Grades 6-8)

The audio contest winners were Aidan Shadis, Liam Dworkin, Luke Huntington, and Michael LaCross at Great Salt Community School in Damariscotta

During the month of May and early June, all posters were displayed at the Maine CDC’s office in Augusta and votes were cast by Maine CDC employees. The winning audio clip was also chosen by CDC employees.

All winners received a Maine State Parks family pass and tick removal kits.

For more information on Lyme disease, or to view the winning posters, go to:

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/lyme/index.shtml

Ticks found on humans or pets can be sent to Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s Vector-borne Disease Laboratory for identification. For more information on submitting ticks, go to: http://www.mmcri.org/home/webSubContent.php?list=webcontentlive&id=109&catID=4&subCatID=19 .