Lyme disease is big problem: lecturer

Deer ticks can carry lyme disease and infect humans with the bacteria.

A lecture on lyme disease will stress education is the best defense.

Jim Wilson will explain how this destructive disease gets around, how common it is in British Columbia and what people can do to prevent themselves from getting it. He will be at the Penticton Museum auditorium on Tuesday from 12 to 1 p.m.

Lyme disease is commonly carried by deer ticks. Once a tick bites a person there is a chance the disease can be transferred. Lyme disease can wreak havoc on the human body and those infected have a wide range of symptoms. Early problems might include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a circular skin rash. Left untreated later symptoms can affect the joints, heart, and central nervous system.

The disease also poses risks to some pets as well.

The cost to attend is a donation to the museum which also gets the attendee free coffee and confections.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065.


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