SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- An all day forum at Skidmore College aims to raise awareness about a growing problem in the region: Lyme disease.
Congressman Chris Gibson served as honorary co-chair for Monday's "Lyme Next Forum." The event brought together more than 500 health and environmental professionals.
The goal is to find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, which already affects several thousand people in New York State. Some studies even suggest the amount of people with Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses is anywhere between 10 and 80 times higher than what's been reported. Many believe the reason why is a lack of awareness.
"I think to the extent that we can raise the level of awareness about what parents or victims need to know, such as, you don't need to have a bull's eye rash, you may have no rash at all. That just some fairly rudimentary facts about Lyme disease will probably help a lot of people," said Christina Fisk, a mother of a Lyme disease patient and forum co-chair.
Some of the key symptoms to look out for are extreme fatigue, headaches, a rash and neck stiffness.