CENTREVILLE — The diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses will be the topic of a presentation by Kayleen Clute, N.P., at the monthly meeting of Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva Inc. at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 301 S. Liberty St., Centreville.

Clute, a pediatric nurse practitioner, has many years experience treating children and adolescents who have contracted different diseases from a tick bite. She also will discuss the set of neurological symptoms known as PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptocpccal infections).

Children ages 5 to 9remain the highest risk group for Lyme disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

“Despite living in an endemic area for tick-borne diseases, our children continue to be mid-diagnosed with other diseases and conditions — or told they are faking their symptoms — when, in fact, they are suffering from serious tick-borne infections, said Marilyn Williams, executive director for the Lyme Disease Association of Dalmarva Inc.

“At this meeting, parents will be given the tools they need to be able to recognize the symtoms of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, and they will learn what to do if they suspect their children may be suffering from these illnesses,” added Williams.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-749-LYME or email eastern shoremdlyme@yahoo.com.

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