Meeting – April 19, 2017

 

  • When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Where: Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St, Eugene, Oregon 97405

 A representative from the Oregon Lyme Disease Network will speak to us this month.  Personally, I thought I had left the thought of ticks and tick-related diseases behind when I left Florida. I did not realize that Oregon even had ticks until my husband and I went hiking in the Fall Creek area this past week. Two days later he discovered a tick embedded his arm. Since then, I have heard multiple stories from people about the concerns of Lyme disease and how it has affected people they know.

Mushroom hunting inherently involves being in the woods where there is a higher likelihood of encountering ticks and the possibility of them carrying Lyme disease. This talk will focus on the identification of ticks that spread disease, prevention of tick born illness, and recognition of tick born illness. The program will also include the ecology of the tick, the vectors involved, the infections, and how to advocate for oneself if you find yourself bitten. 

About the Speaker:

Oregon Lyme Disease Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization developed to help raise awareness of Lyme Disease in the Northwest. They were established in July 2000 and currently have support groups in Eugene, Bend, Portland, and Hood River.

The Lyme Disease Network organizational goals are:

  • Rase awareness of Lyme disease in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho
  • Increase ability for Lyme disease patients to advocate for themselves, through education and access to resources.
  • Ensure local physicians get up to date training and support through ILADS, LDA, Time for Lyme and CALDA.
  • Create and train support group leaders and create avenues for meetings for support groups in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
  • Assist families in gaining testing and if necessary, treatment of children suffering from presumed Lyme disease.
  • Collect and maintain data regarding Lyme disease, Lyme carrying vectors in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
  • Creation of a safe environment for physicians to treat using multiple treatment guideline options.

 The talk is free and open to the public. There will be a mushroom identification session prior to the speaker. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community.

 

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