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August 22, 2014

Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406

Ticks and the spread of Lyme disease pose a serious threat to people who work and play outdoors. To increase awareness of the disease, Auburn University will host the “Get Ticked Off About Lyme Disease” workshop Sept. 11 on the Ginn Concourse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Talks will cover information about ticks, illnesses the insects carry, and how to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Attendees can enjoy refreshments and have a chance to win giveaways at the free event.

Following the presentation, University of North Florida professor Kerry Clark, Ph.D., also known as the “tick doctor,” will speak at 3:30 p.m. in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building, room 101, about Lyme disease myths and this research. Dinner will follow at 5 p.m. in room 1101.

To RSVP, email Emily Merritt at or Michelle Cole at

Hundreds of thousands of Lyme disease cases are reported in the U.S. every year. Symptoms vary and often imitate symptoms of other illnesses, causing it to be misdiagnosed or left unrecognized. If untreated, the disease can cause neurologic, cardiac, arthritic and psychiatric problems.

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