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HARRISBURG, Pa. — May is “Lyme Disease Awareness Month.” Library professionals can direct you to all the sources needed to learn more about the spread of Lyme disease in Pennsylvania. In the case of many health issues, timely information makes a huge difference to the consumer.
The Library has a variety of resources on Lyme disease and staff that are ready to assist in Internet searches for the latest releases from www.lymedisease.org and other local, state, and national Lyme disease organizations, support groups, and experts.
One of the greatest services libraries provide to Lyme disease patients is to be an unbiased clearinghouse of information on health care providers, diagnosis, and treatment in a time when options are broadening but not always easy to find. Library professionals can direct you to all the sources needed to learn more about the spread of Lyme disease in Pennsylvania.
“Pennsylvania has more cases of Lyme disease than any other state in the country, and has for many years. And, the southeast part of state has the highest rate in the whole state,” says Doug Fearn, Chairman of the Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year. There remain many undiagnosed cases due to difficulties in diagnosis and the lack of public information.
Supported by the Lyme Disease Foundation, “Lyme Disease Awareness Month” is a campaign which promotes preventative measures which can be taken against Lyme disease. Many regions and municipalities organize events and raise funds for research, and people wear green ribbons or replace their porch lights with green bulbs.
PA Lyme Resource Network is holding a Patient Symposium on Saturday, May 14, at the Best Western Eden Resort in Lancaster, featuring David Jaller, MD, speaking on “The Lyme Disease Epidemic.” Many more sessions are offered in the full-day event. Tickets are available online through the organization website and Facebook page.
In the last year, changes have begun in the official protocol for Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, but patients remain their own best advocates for effective treatment. It is still essential to see a health care professional for treatment. Libraries provide information, not health advice or care.