Lyme Disease Education Program Expands with More Education Ambassadors and New Content
STAMFORD, CONN (October 17, 2019)—Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the largest 501 (c)(3) dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, education, awareness, and patient services, announces additional offerings in its Lyme disease education program for schools and the community.
With schools across the country back in session, it’s important for educators and school nurses to educate themselves about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, and how they can impact students. And to also help educate students about proper tick-bite prevention and possible Lyme disease symptoms.
GLA makes available a full suite of resources to schools and the community, including:
- Be Tick AWARE educational video (New!)
- Kids and Lyme Disease: Cognitive Symptoms (New! Part of blog series)
- Trained GLA Lyme Education Ambassadors across the country (Expanded!)
- Interactive school curriculum, including teacher guides, for grades K-12
- Be Tick AWARE™ tick bite prevention materials
“Tick bite prevention and Lyme disease is extremely important for school-aged kids,” said Sara Tyghter, GLA Director of Education and Outreach. “It’s necessary for students, teachers, school nurses, and parents to be aware about how to prevent Lyme disease and recognize the symptoms early.”
To help facilitate education, GLA has a team of more than 50 trained Lyme Education Ambassadors across the U.S., presenting to communities and schools about tick bite prevention and Lyme disease. The Ambassadors are available to speak at schools, PTO meetings, and more. To learn more about hosting a GLA Lyme Education event, click here.
About Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, a complex microbe known as a spirochete. Lyme disease is a multi-staged, multi-systemic illness. Presentations vary by stage: acute (early stage) and chronic (late stage or persisting) illness. Everyone is a risk of contracting Lyme through the bite of an infected black-legged tick, and its estimated there are 900 new cases every day, 200 of which are children. A recent joint study by scientists at GLA and Brown University estimates the number of post-treatment Lyme disease cases could exceed two million by 2020.
About Global Lyme Alliance
Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) is the leading 501(c)(3) dedicated to conquering Lyme disease through research, education, awareness, and patient services. GLA has gained national prominence for funding the most urgent and promising research in the field, while expanding education and awareness programs for the general public and physicians. To learn more about GLA’s unrivaled focus on the science of Lyme, visit GLA.org.