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New York Medical College Opens Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center for Summer Season

The Center operates on a walk-in basis through the end of August

Date: June 14, 2017
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Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A.
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New York Medical College
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Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States, and if not treated properly, can lead to arthritis and other serious complications

Valhalla, NY, June 14, 2017 – In line with the official start of summer—peak Lyme disease season—New York Medical College (NYMC) recently announced the seasonal opening of its Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center at 19 Bradhurst Avenue, Hawthorne, NY. Operating on a walk-in basis, the Center will be open June 5 through August 31 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Center has had a long history serving the local community and greater tristate area. Established in 1989 and headed by Gary P. Wormser, M.D., 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), and Babesiosis.

“Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States, and if not treated properly, can lead to arthritis and other serious complications,” said Dr. Wormser. “Preventative measures, such as wearing long pants when walking through wooded areas, spraying exposed skin with insect repellent containing DEET and thoroughly checking oneself, children and pets for ticks, are always your best lines of defense against infection. But, if you do get a tick bite, it is important to safely remove it with tweezers and seek medical attention.”

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected deer tick. Infected ticks are found throughout the Lower Hudson Valley of New York State. If left untreated, the disease can cause a number of health problems. Patients treated with antibiotics in the early stage of the infection usually recover rapidly and completely. The early symptoms of Lyme disease may be mild and easily missed.

Early symptoms of Lyme disease may include:

  • an expanding circular rash at least 2 inches in size—that may or may not look like a bull’s eye—that usually occurs at the site of the tick bite
  • headache
  • fever/chills
  • stiff neck
  • pain in joints or muscles
  • paralysis of facial muscles
  • palpitations
  • multiple rashes

If you experience any of these symptoms or would like to learn more about the Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center, please visit www.nymc.edu/LDDC or call (914)-493-TICK. The Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center is open to patients 18 years of age and older who are either acutely ill or who have recently been bitten by a tick. Screenings for the Lyme disease rash are free, and most insurances are accepted. Children under the age of 18 may be evaluated by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division of New York Medical College by calling (914) 493-8333.

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