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Lyme disease presentation set April 14 in Brainerd

The League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area will host a presentation on Lyme disease at noon Thursday, April 14, with a social time beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Brainerd.

The League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area will host a presentation on Lyme disease at noon Thursday, April 14, with a social time beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Brainerd.

Speakers will be Judy Dwire, president of Pequot Lakes Lyme Disease Support Group, and Tania Melby.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed every year. The Brainerd lakes area is listed as a high-risk area by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The disease, which is transmitted to people via bites by poppy seed-size deer ticks, can cause fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash that looks like a bull's-eye. If caught early, Lyme can be treated with a round of antibiotics.

But if left untreated (or if the infected person is unaware they have it), it can spread throughout the body and may have long-lasting effects on the joints, heart and nervous system.

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Dwire and Melby will discuss their personal experiences fighting the tick-borne disease.

All League presentations are open to the public, and there is never a charge for attending.

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