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VISITING SPEAKER PROGRAM:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LYME DISEASE

(and associated tick-borne diseases)

A 40-minute lunch-time workshop for corporate staff in the Northeastern US.
LRA speaker presents essential information that every individual and family needs to know about Lyme and related tick-borne diseases, with updates on the latest tick-transmitted co-infections, and the state of science in developing effective diagnostics and a cure for long-term Lyme disease.

Attendees will hear:

  • What is Lyme disease?
  • Why Lyme is a major health problem
  • How Lyme is transmitted
  • Where ticks are found, geographically and by types of terrain and foliage
  • How to prevent tick bites
  • How to make your back-yard tick-safe
  • Protective clothing and repellants
  • What to do if you get a tick bite
  • What you need to know about diagnostic testing
  • Co-infections from tick-bites that complicate diagnosis and treatment
  • Medical treatment; the state of Lyme disease medicine
  • Lyme disease exposure is concentrated in the Northeast. Summer is high season for Lyme cases.

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Lyme disease is a huge and growing problem in the Northeast and increasingly across North America. 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, if 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 spend time in 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.

The Talk: Your employees will be armed with the knowledge to protect themselves and their families more effectively against tick bites, take prompt pro-active action in the event of a tick bite, recognize possible Lyme disease symptoms, and understand the nuances of the less-than-perfect diagnostic testing options.

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