New York and Pennsylvania residents are being warned of significant health risks as the number of Lyme Disease cases grows.

Thousands of new cases are being confirmed in both states each year.

A Lyme Disease forum will be held in Vestal Monday to provide information about the factors contributing to the dramatic increase in cases and what's going on to address the issue.

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Investigative journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer will be the featured speaker at the forum. She is the author of the recently-published book Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change.

The event was organized by Southern Tier Lyme Support. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo is scheduled to make opening remarks. A report from the Binghamton University Lyme Disease Center also will be presented.

The forum will be held at African Road Elementary School at 600 South Benita Boulevard in Vestal on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Those who plan to attend the free event may register at the Southern Tier Lyme Support website.

LISTEN to Mary Beth Pfeiffer discuss her research into Lyme Disease as she prepared to write her new book. The interview aired on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program on October 8, 2018.

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