Murt to Host Community Meeting on Lyme Disease
HARRISBURG—Rep. Thomas Murt (Montgomery/Philadelphia) will host a community discussion on the impact of climate change on the growth of Lyme disease in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania is the national leader in the number of reported cases of Lyme disease, with nearly 40 percent of all Lyme disease cases in the country,” Murt said. “Research indicates that climate change is increasing the spread of this complex, often difficult to diagnose, and debilitating tickborne disease.”

The meeting will be held Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m., at Hatboro Community Church, 730 Preston Lane in Hatboro.

During the meeting several experts will share with residents the latest information on the prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of Lyme disease through the PA Lyme Resource Network's Dare 2B Tick Aware Lyme and tickborne disease prevention program. They will also discuss the latest data on Lyme disease and the role of climate change may be having on the disease’s spread.

The panel will also answer audience questions.

The scheduled speakers include Mary Beth Peiffer, a leading investigative reporter on Lyme disease and author of the new book, Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change; Julia Wagner, RN, president of the PA Lyme Resource Network; and Nicole Chinnici, a forensic wildlife scientist and director of East Stroudsburg University's Wildlife DNA Research Laboratory, the largest tick research center in Pennsylvania.

Call Murt’s office at 215-674-3755 with any questions.

Representative Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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