Letter: Learn about Lyme Disease this Monday night

Posted 5/9/19

As warm weather envelops the region, we must once again be wary of ticks infected with Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases. Lyme Disease symptoms can present themselves just days after a tick …

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Letter: Learn about Lyme Disease this Monday night

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As warm weather envelops the region, we must once again be wary of ticks infected with Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases. Lyme Disease symptoms can present themselves just days after a tick bite, but it can also be several months before they appear, making Lyme Disease challenging to diagnose.

While the type and severity of symptoms vary, some common ones are tiredness, body/muscle aches, joint pain, fever, rash, stiff neck and facial paralysis.
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and we all have an opportunity to learn more about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne infections at a special program being held this Monday evening, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rogers Free Library. The presenter is Timothy Flanigan, MD, one of the preeminent Lyme Disease experts in Rhode Island.

I encourage everyone to educate themselves about this devastating disease by attending this free presentation.

Catherine Murray
Bristol

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