Wilmington University Speaker Series

Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know NOW

Hosted by the College of Health Professions

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Doors open at 6 PM

Light refreshments will be served

New Castle Campus,
Audrey Kohl Doberstein Admissions Center Auditorium

Lyme Disease

Can't attend in person? – Watch the Live Stream of the Event Online!

Join medical experts and community activists in this informative panel discussion about how to protect your loved ones – including your pets – from the horrible and often lasting effects of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

The discussion will cover:

  • Lyme disease overview
  • Prevention methods
  • Treatment options
  • Other illnesses caused by tick bites

Space is limited, so register early!

Featured Panelists:

Peter Schwartzkopf

The Honorable Peter Schwartzkopf, Speaker of the Delaware House of Representatives and 2015 Co-chair of the Lyme Disease Prevention Task Force

Dr. Lori Irelan

Dr. Lori Irelan, FNP, APRN-BC, Nurse Practitioner and Regional chair of WilmU's Nurse Practitioner Program

Dr. Rebecca Benson

Dr. Rebecca Benson, CS-P, BC, Chairwoman of the Delaware Lyme Disease Oversight Board and Associate Professor of Nursing at Wesley College

Marilyn Williams

Marilyn Williams, Executive Director of the Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva


Alina Pfeifer, Lyme Disease Advocate and former Mrs. Delaware 2015

Moderator: Dr. Lisa Drews, CNE, Chair of WIlmU's M.S. in Nursing Leadership program and member of the Delaware Medical Reserve

Facts About Lyme Disease

50% of ticks in Lyme-endemic areas are estimated to be disease carriers

40% of Lyme patients end up with long-term health problems – and 50% never recall a tick bite

800+ cases diagnosed daily

300,000 people estimated infected per year

No Accurate Tests available to prove that the organism is eradicated or that the patient is completely cured

This is a free event, open to the public.

More About Lyme Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease  is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the United States. An average of more than 825 cases are diagnosed daily, the majority of which show no outward signs of a bite, including the infamous "bullseye," a target-like rash that appears in less than 50% of reported cases. The number of reported cases per year has increased more than 25 times the number of cases reported in 1982, when official record keeping was initiated. Known as "the great imitator" because the disease is often misdiagnosed as everything from multiple sclerosis to fibromyalgia to mental illness, there are more than 300 identified strains of Lyme disease, 100 of which have been documented in the U.S. Many who have been infected by a tick bite are not immediately detected; the disease is not easily diagnosed; and its symptoms are misleading because it can resist both the human immune system and many antibiotics. Lyme infects both humans and other animals, including our pets, and it is not the only tick-borne illness that can do so. In all cases, lack of prevention, timely diagnosis, and proper treatment can potentially lead to severe complications and complete debilitation.