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A reminder; May has brought increasingly warm weather, and residents are grateful to resume outdoor activities.  Chaffee County, Governor Jared Polis, Chaffee County, the City of Salida, and the town of Buena Vista have all proclaimed the Month of May as Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Disease/Conditions Awareness Month.

“Tick season” means residents and visitors are exposed to ticks and tick-borne diseases through work, play, outdoor recreation, and travel. Pets, horses, and other livestock are also at risk for tick-borne diseases and can put humans at greater risk as well.

AVV carried the Public Health announcement and tips for the prevention of serious diseases including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever earlier. (link)

May is Tick-Borne Disese Awareness Month. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Some events are coming up:

In partnership, COTBDAA, CCPH and PfCA are providing free community screenings of the breaking film, The Quiet Epidemic, a powerful documentary that is spurring a grassroots effort to expose the real impact of Lyme disease nationwide.

May 5: The Salida screening of The Quiet Epidemic will take place at the Steam Plant Theater. CCPH will be providing light appetizers and refreshments.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the co-directors of this impactful film, Winslow Crane-Murdoch & Lindsay Keys! Lyme Literate medical clinicians, Dr. Julie Barter and Dr. Sharon P Austin, patients and advocates will also be part of this panel discussion with the community!

May 10: The Buena Vista screening will take place at the Stardust Theater and will be followed by a Q&A with local health advocates and patients (snacks provided).

Both screenings are free and open to the public, and RSVP is kindly requested. Find details and RSVP at

May 18: Salida Soup, hosted by PfCA, will be dedicated to COTBDAA and Lyme & Tickborne Disease/Conditions Awareness Month. A prevention table will be available.