Lyme disease to be focus of talk at Arkell

Professor Holly Ahern will speak at the "What You NEED to Know About Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases" event on June 12.

CANAJOHARIE — The Lyme Action Network and the Canajoharie Chamber of Commerce will present  “What You NEED to Know About Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases”  with Professor Holly Ahern on June 12 at 6:30pm at the Arkell Foundation Community Center, 55 Montgomery St. 

The informational presentation will draw from the most current peer-reviewed and published research and clinical findings to explain the nature of pathogens carried by ticks, strategies to avoid tick bites, problems with diagnostic tests, and treatment issues and options.

“With nearly 400,000 new cases of Lyme disease every year, it is critical for every family to understand how to prevent tick bites and what to do if someone is bitten,” said Christina Fisk, President of the Lyme Action Network. “There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding this topic.  Most physicians are working with antiquated information from 40 years ago.  It’s very important for everyone — both medical professionals and the general public, to be aware of the most current information.”

Ahern is co-founder and vice president of the Lyme Action Network, and serves as science advisor for a number of national research and advocacy organizations around the country. Her encyclopedic knowledge about the microbiology of the pathogens carried by ticks and the body of research conducted in this field over the past 40 years has made her an “opinion leader”, a sought-after speaker and consultant. Ahern has presented testimony to legislators and legislative bodies at both state and federal levels seeking to update public policy to improve care for the victims of tick-borne diseases, and was recently named to the Diagnostics and Testing sub-committee of the new Federal Tick-borne Disease Working Group.  

Ahern is frequently called upon to explain the complex microbiology of tick-borne diseases to medical professionals, business executives, the public, and the media, helping to clarify common misunderstandings that plague this topic.

Her video series, Lyme Bites, on the Lyme Action Network’s YouTube channel has been viewed by thousands of people around the globe.  

The presentation is free and open to the public.