From Napa-Solano Audubon Society

Event: Program: Ticks and Lyme Disease

Event: Program: Ticks and Lyme Disease

Date: Thursday January 10, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM

Note that our Speaker Programs are changing from Tuesday nights to Thursday nights, and we are moving to the Fairfield - Cordelia Library at 5050 Business Center Drive off of the Green Valley Road exit on Hwy 80, to attract more members from Fairfield, Suisun and Vacaville and to make it easier for people coming from Napa. (NSAS Event)


Lyme disease is the fastest-growing vector-borne disease in the US today with the CDC estimating 330,000 NEW cases every year. Colloquially referred to as "nature's dirty needles," ticks harbor a wide range of bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause serious, even deadly, diseases in humans.

Tick-borne diseases are on the rise throughout the US, and it's very important that people working or recreating outdoors are aware of the risks around tick bites to protect themselves. It's vital to understand the potential long-term, serious impact of a tick bite, recognize the early symptoms of a tick-borne infection, know how to advocate for yourself with medical professionals and know the correct treatment protocols.

Jo Ellis, from the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, will give the latest hard facts about Lyme and tick-borne diseases in the US, plus offer relevant materials, giveaways, and signage that can be put to use immediately. Bay Area Lyme Foundation is primarily a medical research foundation. Their mission is to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure.

This presentation will cover topics such as how to prevent tick bites; how to recognize the symptoms of Lyme; what kind of rashes to watch for; which tick removal strategies are effective; how to save a tick for testing; and answer issues in current diagnostics like why is it so hard to diagnose Lyme.

Jo Ellis is Director of Education Outreach at Bay Area Lyme Foundation. Jo Ellis has 20+ years of experience developing and marketing educational programming for schools, nonprofits, and corporations. A native of the UK, Jo received her BA/MA from Cambridge University and holds a post-graduate high-school teaching certification from the University of London.

submitted on November 28, 2018, at 02:55 AM PST

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