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      RI lawmakers to examine tick-borne illness

      Rhode Island lawmakers are taking a look at the latest statistics on tick-borne illness in the state.
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      The Senate health and environment committees are scheduled to meet Wednesday with experts on Lyme disease and other diseases carried by ticks.
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      The committees will receive presentations from Janet Coit, director of the state's Department of Environmental Management, and Thomas Mather, director of the Center for Vector-Borne Disease at the University of Rhode Island.
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      Last year the center at URI detected record numbers of tick nymphs at sites around Rhode Island.
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      The lawmakers will also discuss efforts to educate the public about the threat of tick-borne illnesses and ways to prevent their spread.