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
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!
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, FNP, APRN-BC, Nurse Practitioner and Regional chair of WilmU's Nurse Practitioner Program
Dr. Rebecca Benson, CS-P, BC, Chairwoman of the Delaware Lyme Disease Oversight Board and Associate Professor of Nursing at Wesley College
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.