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PA Lyme Announces New Local Support Group in Berks County

Feb 16, 2018 • by PA Lyme Resource Network
A PA Lyme Prevention Program

First Meeting on March 21, Showing Documentary “Under Our Skin”

Wyomissing, PA (February 14, 2018) – A Berks County Region for PA Lyme Resource Network has just been formed to support local residents who suffer from Lyme disease and to educate the community about this exceedingly complex and often misunderstood disease. The Berks County Lyme Disease Support Group will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Community Center Room #3, Wyomissing, PA 19610.

At the meeting, the group will be showing the “Under Our Skin” documentary that highlights the untold story of Lyme disease. A Question& Answer session will follow by PA Lyme leaders and potentially a Lyme-literate family medicine doctor in the region. The support group will meet regularly on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6-8p.m. Email [email protected] for more information on the local support group.

About Lyme Disease in PA: Pennsylvania leads the nation in number of cases annually, representing nearly 40% of all cases. Last year, 120,000+ people in PA likely became infected with Lyme disease, based on the CDC statistic that cases are likely 10x more than reported…this translates 300,000+ people in the state over a three year period. Lyme disease has been confirmed in all 67 state counties. Lyme co-infections, or other tick-borne infections, can be contracted at the same time as Lyme from a tick bite and can be harmful to humans, including:  Bartonella, Babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain-Spotted Fever, and Mycoplasmosis.

PA Lyme Resource Network (www.palyme.org) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides education, patient advocacy, support and resources to help others navigate Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases in the state of Pennsylvania. The state-wide group, founded in 2012 by individuals with personal experiences with the diseases, provides education in the form of speakers, seminars, patient networks, and research updates for the general public, medical professionals, schools, private businesses, and government entities. It also supports regional and independent Lyme groups across the state that hold local meetings to provide support, education, and resources to their local communities. 

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