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Lyme Disease Awareness Month Shines Spotlight on Prevention Strategies
Posted on: 5/10/2021

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May 26 webinar

The month of May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness on how to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. 

Now that the weather is heating up and more people are spending time outdoors, physicians and their patients should be on the lookout for possible symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks and is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. 

Anyone who experiences a rash or any unexplained illness accompanied by fever following a tick bite should consult their physician and explain that they were bitten by a tick. The Illinois Department of Public Health offers guidance on avoiding tick bites that you can share with your patients. 

The Infectious Diseases Society of America recently posted 2020 Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease, an evidence-based resource covering the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. 

ISMS also offers a comprehensive web page on Lyme disease, Understanding the Risk Associated with Tick Bites

Webinar

Johns Hopkins Medicine offers a webinar on Lyme Disease Awareness taking place May 26 at 11 a.m. CT. Register here.

If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email



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