Fight the Bite: Tick Disease in Wisconsin
The Lincoln County Health Department is pleased to announce an upcoming community presentation on Lyme disease and other common tick disease in Wisconsin. Zip Johnson, state epidemiologist; Chris Stewart, state research analyst; and Dr. Jeffrey Moore, Lincoln County Medical Advisor will be speaking at the event.
We are offering this event to all Lincoln County residents interested in information on Lyme and tick disease and will review topics such as: what are the most common tick diseases in Wisconsin, when to see your provider, what tests and treatments are done for tick disease, and how to prevent tick bites. The event will be held on Thursday April 10th from 4-6pm at the Lincoln County Service Center Board Room, 801 N Sales St Merrill, WI . This presentation is offered at no charge and there will be a question period from 5:30-6 during the presentation for community members to ask questions of the presentation staff.
Reported cases of Lyme disease and other tick diseases have been increasing in Wisconsin over the past 10 years, according to Dr. Henry Anderson, State Health Officer. The annual average of 3,250 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease reported in Wisconsin during the period 2008 to 2011 was six times higher than the annual average of 536 reported cases during the period 1997 to 1999. Reports of other tick diseases to the state have also increased greatly during recent years.
“With the increase in people becoming ill with tick disease in Wisconsin, it is important for those living in counties like Lincoln County to know the signs and symptoms of tick disease as well as how to prevent tick bites in the first place,” states Kristi Krombholz, public health nurse for Lincoln County Health Department. “This presentation will offer that insight to Lincoln County residents.”
Contact Kristi Krombholz at the Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307 with any questions. Again, this is a free event and no registration is necessary; we look forward to seeing you there!