Dr. Robert Ollar joins Lyme task force


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MILFORD — Robert Ollar, Ph.D, of Milford was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Tick and Lyme Disease Task Force, where he will help the task force prepare recommendations for managing the epidemic.

The report is expected to be completed within one year of his first meeting with the task force, according to state Senator Rosemary Brown in announcing his appointment.

Dr. Ollar has received several awards for his work on tuberculosis. He is assistant professor of neurology at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., and an internationally respected specialist in mycobacteriology and molecular mycobacteriology. His research focus is on infections of the central nervous system.

The task force will monitor Lyme disease and related tick-borne illnesses in Pennsylvania, raise awareness about the long-term consequences of misdiagnosing Lyme disease, and develop a program for public health care professionals.

The task force will also cooperate with Pennsylvania's game commission and department of conservation to disseminate information about the disease.

Editor's note: This article has been corrected from the original to reflect the correct area in which Dr. Ollar received awards.

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