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HCH Workshop to Target Ticks

February 25, 2019

CADIZ – “New Ticks and How to Deal with the Invasion” is the topic of the next Lunch & Learn workshop March 7 at Harrison Community Hospital (HCH).

Scheduled for noon-1 p.m. in the HCH cafeteria, the program will feature veterinarian Dr. Scott Pendleton, who will share information on the many different species of ticks and the diseases they carry. Educational handouts will be provided.

The Lone Star Tick was found in southern Ohio in 2013. It is now in this area, and is a risk for dogs and humans. In 2016, a vaccine for Lyme disease was developed for dogs. Unfortunately, one has yet to be formulated for humans.

According to Rural Marketplace, eastern Ohio has become ground zero for ticks of many kinds, some of which can bring medical havoc on careless humans, and it is important to remove them as soon as possible. Even with antibiotic treatment, chronic Lyme disease can continue to cause many health problems such as fatigue, arthritis/joint pain, numbness, Bell’s Palsy (nerve damage), and there may be hearing and vision loss. Also, it can affect the heart. Due to these symptoms that can linger indefinitely, the outcome can be stress, anxiety and depression.

Lunch & Learn Workshops are always held on the first Thursday of every month except December. Attendees may bring their lunch or buy one in the cafeteria. A snack and beverages will be provided. Reservations are not needed.

HCH is a division of Wheeling Hospital.

The April 4 workshop, “Healthy Eating to Control Diabetes,” will feature Jill Spangler, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.

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