Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lyme disease forum in Portland



Lyme disease continues to be a growing concern in Maine, with 1,111 cases of Lyme disease reported across the state in 2012. In Cumberland County, Lyme disease incidence has increased steadily in recent years and every year since 2008, Cumberland County has reported Lyme disease rates higher than the state average.

On Tuesday, June 11th, people can learn more about how to prevent Lyme disease at a community forum held from 12:30pm to 2pm at the Portland Public Library. There will be a short presentation on Lyme disease followed by an introduction to a panel of experts who will answer questions from the public. The event is being co-sponsored by the Cumberland District Public Health Council and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). The goal of this forum is to provide important information about prevention and early identification of Lyme disease.

When: Tuesday June 11th, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Where: Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium
5 Monument Square, Portland, ME

Parking: Free parking is offered to this event at the Elm Street parking garage (21 Elm Street, Portland, ME) - please bring in your ticket for validation (Thank you Healthy Portland!)

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that is carried by the deer tick. It can affect anyone, but is most common among school children, middle aged adults and adults over the age of 65. Lyme disease is typically transmitted in the warmer weather.

This event is free and open to the public. If you have questions about the event please email Becca.matusovich@maine.gov or call Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821.

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