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L – Lyme Awareness

by Elizabeth Kastelein

According to the CDC, approximately 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease are reported every year. Unfortunately, not every case is reported, meaning the number of cases is potentially far greater than statistics represent. Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod (LACC) aims to raise awareness of this through education, prevention, and treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses on the Cape and Islands. They provide Lyme patients with the latest research, treatment options, and resources available, as well as offering supportive services, such as treatment subsidies for those with financial hardships.

While it may not always be possible to prevent a tick bite, LACC educates the public on precautionary measures to help lessen the risk. The organization also provides helpful guidance for what to do when bitten by a tick, how to remove it safely, and what symptoms to watch for. Additionally, they provide resources to pet-owners on how to prevent, remove or treat a tick bite on a dog, cat, horse, or even a cow.

Since its founding in 2007, LACC has brought wide-spread awareness to the Cape and Islands. In 2015, the organization opened a wellness center, working with over 5,000 patients. LACC offers community members a chance to sponsor a patient as they receive treatment and live with Lyme, so that patients feel supported throughout treatment and their everyday lives.

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