VISITING SPEAKER PROGRAM:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LYME DISEASE
(and associated tick-borne diseases)
Time: 50 minutes including 10 min. Q&A
LRA’s talk What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease will educate your group about:
- What Lyme disease is and why it can be a major health problem
- How Lyme disease is transmitted
- Where ticks are found, geographically and types of terrain and foliage
- The impact of co-infections: babesiosis, anaplasmosis, Powassan
- How to recognize Lyme disease symptoms and symptoms of co-infection
- What to do if you get a tick bite
- Diagnostic procedures; what you need to know about testing
- Prevention: How to avoid ticks and prevent tick bites
- What homeowners can do to lessen exposure on your property
- Clothing, sprays and repellents
Lyme disease is a huge and growing problem, especially in the Northeast. The Centers for Disease Control recently raised their official estimate of new cases from 30,000 to 300,000 annually, 90% of which are concentrated in the Northeast and Upper Midwest. Not only is the geographic footprint of the disease increasing but a growing number of the Lyme-transmitting deer ticks now carry at least one additional pathogen and can transmit such diseases as anaplasmosis, babesiosis and the potentially deadly Powassan virus in addition to Lyme disease.
Although newly contracted Lyme disease cases usually respond to a 4 week course of antibiotics, when left untreated, Lyme can become an incurable and severely debilitating long-term disease. So the stakes are high, especially for suburban families and those who love the outdoors.
The good news is that tick-borne diseases are largely preventable. Most cases of Lyme are contracted on the home property and there are many steps that can be taken to prevent tick bites and simple steps to take immediately following a tick bite to prevent the onset of Lyme disease.
For more information or to schedule a talk,
Lyme Talks are presented by Lyme Research Alliance
as a service to the community