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Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center Opens for the Summer Season

“Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States,” said Dr. Wormser. “Prevention is key."

Date: June 30, 2014
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The Center operates on a walk-in basis through August

VALHALLA, N.Y., June 30, 2014With the official arrival of summer, New York Medical College (NYMC) today announced the seasonal opening of its Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center. Located in Hawthorne, NY, the Center will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in June, July and August, and will operate on a walk-in basis.

Established in 1989 and headed by Dr. Gary P. Wormser, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Pharmacology, and Vice Chair of Medicine for Research and Development at NYMC, the Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center is staffed by experienced Infectious Diseases physicians and nurses with special expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of people with:

  • Tick bites

  • Early/Acute Lyme disease

  • Anaplasmosis (Ehrlichiosis)

  • Babesiosis

The Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center is open to anyone who is acutely ill or who has recently been bitten by a tick. Screenings for the Lyme disease rash are free, and most insurance is accepted should a patient need further evaluation or treatment.

“Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States,” said Dr.  Wormser. “Prevention is key. Be sure to wear long pants when walking through bushy areas, spray exposed skin with insect repellent containing DEET and thoroughly check oneself, children and pets for ticks.  

The Center is open to patients 18 years of age and older. To learn more, please visit www.nymc.edu/LDDC/ or call (914)-493-TICK.

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