Area Physicians To Host Lyme Awareness Event in Winamac

healthyResidents of Northwest Indiana are at an increased risk of contracting Lyme Disease, and local physicians want to raise awareness.

This Monday at the Nazarene Church next to Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac, several medical practitioners will discuss Lyme Disease with members of the public. Lyme disease is often contracted through tick bites, but subjects can experience a range of symptoms.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Garry Brady is sponsoring the event. He says Lyme Disease is likely under-diagnosed in the area.

“The patient doesn’t have to remember being bitten by a tick,” says Brady. “The patient may say ‘hey the tick was only one me for 15 minutes, and I don’t think I got anything’ and they don’t always have to have that bullseye rash.”

During the “Lyme Awareness Day” event, those afflicted with the disease can ask questions and hear presentations about treatment options and other methods to avoid contracting the illness.

Lyme disease is a contributing factor to ailments such as: joint pain, rash, disorientation, and mood swings, among many others.

Brady says disseminating information is the next step in assisting the community.

“Hopefully we can address each and everyone’s questions or concerns and let the community know that it takes a village to take care for a Lyme patient,” says Brady.

Indiana experienced 101 confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 14 states contributed to 95-percent of recorded cases that same year, though Indiana is not on that list.

Those interested in attending can meet at 6:00 p.m. EDT.