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Lyme Disease Association Announces Two Lyme Seminars

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Kim Pappa LDA Eastern CT Chair easternctlda@yahoo.com 
Pat Smith LDA national President Lymeliter@aol.com 

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Lyme Disease Association Announces Two Lyme Seminars
Research & Physician Experts & Advocate to speak in Eastern Connecticut

New London, CT June 7, 2008 – The Eastern Connecticut Chapter of the Lyme Disease Association (ECCLDA) announces it is hosting two Lyme disease seminars on June 17, 2008. An expert in the field of genetics will discuss cutting edge research into the survival of the Lyme disease spirochete and a prominent Lyme disease treating physician will talk about the clinical aspects of the disease. Each will be joined by the national president of the Lyme Disease Association, Pat Smith, who is recognized for raising research and education funds for Lyme disease and advocating for Lyme patients. Exhibitors will also be present.


 

Lyme disease is the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the United States today. Statewide, Connecticut’s rates continue to rise, according to the CDC. According to the Department of Public Health, countywide, Tolland’s cases increased 95% from 2004 to 2006 and New London’s increased 75% in the last two years. 

ABOUT THE EVENTS, JUNE 17, 2008

Morning Event 
Eastern Connecticut State University, Student Center, 10 am-12:30 pm, doors open 9 am 
Open to the public

Eva Sapi, PhD, Genetics, Associate Professor at University of New Haven, will speak about Lyme disease biofilms & a possible connection to Lyme disease resistance, and about other tick-borne diseases. 

Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association and member of the Columbia Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center Advisory Committee, will give an update on Lyme disease including infection rates, spread of the disease, patient problems, and legislation. 

Evening Event
Connecticut College, Blaustein Humanities Center, New London, 7-9:30 pm, doors open 6pm
Open to the public

Kenneth B. Liegner, MD, PC Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, will cover diagnostic and treatment issues surrounding Lyme & other tick-borne diseases in his presentation.

Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association and member of the Columbia Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center Advisory Committee, will give an update on Lyme disease including infection rates, spread of the disease, patient problems, and legislation. 

See www.LymeDiseaseAssociation.org for information about Lyme disease.