MASSENA -- Massena Memorial Hospital’s infectious disease physician Dr. Diana Christensen is offering a free community seminar on Lyme disease. She will discuss the signs, symptoms and treatment of the disease the hospital's board room on July 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Christensen will cover Lyme disease-related topics including how it’s spread, where it’s found, how it’s prevented, how it’s diagnosed and how it’s treated.
Lyme disease is an infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, passed on to humans by a tick, usually a deer tick. The disease includes not only a characteristic rash but fever, headache, stiff neck, body aches and fatigue. If left untreated, the disease can progress to persistent, sometimes chronic, symptoms such as fatigue, arthritis, heart or nerve problems (sometimes including partial facial paralysis) and even disturbances of memory and attention.