Tick Bites and Diseases - Vienna Health Officer - June, 2019

Tick Bites and Diseases
Dan Onion, MD, MPH
Mt. Vernon/Vienna Health Officer
293-2076; dkonion@gmail.com
June, 2019

I just pulled the 5th tick of the year off my leg last night! It hadn’t embedded yet; rather it was racing up my leg to hide, tripping over my hairs and so alerting me. It reminded me that I haven’t written about ticks and the diseases they transmit in these columns since 2013! Time to review again, given that circumstances have worsened since then (Fig. 1).

Planning Board Meeting - February 27, 2019


The meeting convened at the Town House at 7:00 PM. Regular members present were Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, and Ed Lawless. Minutes of the January 23 meeting were read and accepted.

Creston had advertised tonight’s meeting as a public hearing on changes to the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance (SZO) required by DEP (see January minutes). No public citizens appeared.

Local Events


Save the first weekend of Fri. Aug 2 and Sat. Aug 3, 2019

 For the Vienna Woods Players performance of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”. 

Three performances: 7pm on Friday and 2pm and 7 pm Saturday.
And if you are interested in applying to be part of the cast, contact Cheryl Herr-Rains 207-293-3967.


Radon is ubiquitous in our soils, gravels and rocks, but you can’t smell or taste it, even inside the house. It is a breakdown product from Uranium 236 and Radium 22, and is found all over Maine. Usually it is brought into a basement or house by air seeking the lower pressures there, through basement floor or walls, or up through fill or slabs from surrounding soil or rock. It also can contaminate water from drilled wells (not springs or other surface water), and thereby add to house contamination.

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