WOODRUFF, WI (WAOW) – The Howard Young Foundation, in partnership with the Open Medical Institute, will be opening the Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence in Woodruff by the end of the summer. The center will focus on treating and researching tick-borne illnesses in humans.
“There’s nothing in the region that combines research and treatment for tick-borne illness,” said the President of the Howard Young Foundation Erin Biertzer.
Biertzer said there’s a need for this type of clinic in the Midwest because both Minnesota and Wisconsin rank in the top five when it comes to Lyme disease cases. In the Badger state alone, the CDC estimates there are 31,000 cases of Lyme disease.
According to the CDC, Lyme disease cases are on the rise, and you’re most likely to contract it during the summer months. The CDC recommends insect repellents to help prevent tick bites.
But ticks can spread more than just Lyme disease, and treating each individual illness and person can be challenging. The center hopes to develop more precise treatment for patients.
“Every visit to the clinic is going to be a research encounter as well,” Biertzer said. “Everyone that comes here is contributing to the knowledge that’s going to help every patient after them.”
While the doors have yet to open, the center has already begun research in the Northwoods by testing 300 blood samples. Of those 300 samples, 25% came back with a tick-borne illness.
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