Quidel Corporation’s public service campaign to educate summer camps about the dangers of Lyme disease


SAN DIEGO, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The opening of summer camps for the first time in two years is good news for children across America. Unfortunately, this is also good news for deer ticks, which now have a whole new population to attack and potentially spread infectious Lyme disease.

To help camp directors and counselors increase their awareness of the problem, a public service campaign has been launched by Quidel Corporation, the country’s leading developer of rapid Lyme disease testing. The campaign includes printed educational materials sent to camps across the country; information shared on social media platforms; and other components all built around education, prevention and awareness of the dangers of Lyme disease.

“Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the country, affecting up to 476,000 Americans of all ages each year,” said Judi Tilghman, Ph.D., vice president of technology assessment at Quidel Corporation. “Lyme disease occurs when people are bitten by an infected deer tick. The spirochetes of the bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi have the ability to burrow between a person’s bones, cells, joints, and central nervous system and can lead to serious, life-threatening problems if not caught early. This is why it is so important to take the proper precautions, know the warning signs of Lyme disease, and test immediately if Lyme disease is suspected.

Educational material produced by Quidel and sent to summer camps reminds camp directors that there are a number of things they can do to help protect both staff and campers and minimize the risk of get Lyme disease. These include:

  • “Protect the ticks” of the campsite by clearing brush and leaves and regularly mowing the lawn.

  • Stay on the trails and avoid walking through low bushes or tall grass when hiking or just exploring.

  • Wear long pants, shirts, hat and gloves in wooded areas.

  • Apply lavender oil or insect repellants to legs, arms, and any bare skin before going outside.

  • When returning to the campsite, everyone should check their entire body for ticks, including low visibility areas such as the groin, armpits and back of the neck.

  • Immediately shower with a washcloth to help remove unattached ticks.

  • Put all used clothes in the dryer.

If a camper or staff member is suspected of having Lyme disease or showing early symptoms, Quidel advises getting tested immediately. As with all afflictions, the key is to catch it early so that effective treatment can begin as soon as possible. The Sofia® 2 Lyme FIA ​​is the only POC test on the market. It is ideal for campsites as it can be performed directly on site by a nurse and provides indicative results within 15 minutes, as opposed to sending the sample to an offsite lab and waiting days for them. results, which has always been the norm. (the longer the wait, the more time organisms have to spread and become systemic). It is also the only test that allows results to be obtained from a simple prick of blood on the finger.

“The opening of summer camps is another positive indication of America slowly extricating itself from the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s something to be celebrated,” said Dr Tilghman. “Everyone wants to go outside and never more than this year, when so many of us have spent the last 15 months squatting in our own homes. We want all of our outdoor camps to have a wonderful summer this year, but also want them to be smart about taking steps to avoid getting a tick bite in the first place and then immediately testing for any signs that a camper or counselor may have contracted Lyme. ”

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that has been reported in all states of the United States and in more than 80 countries. Summer is the height of Lyme disease season and can strike anyone at any age. There are more new cases of Lyme disease in the United States than hepatitis B, hepatitis C and West Nile virus combined. Unlike a mosquito bite where people know immediately if they’ve been bitten, one of the challenges of Lyme disease is that symptoms usually don’t appear for two to six weeks and can appear in one area of ​​the body. low visibility such as in the hair, armpit or groin. At this point, typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, joint pain, limb weakness, and often a characteristic rash with a bull’s-eye pattern (only 50% of patients will see a skin rash).

About Quidel Corporation

Quidel Corporation (Nasdaq: QDEL) is a leading manufacturer of point-of-care diagnostic solutions, offering a continuum of rapid test technologies that further improve the quality of healthcare around the world. An innovator for more than 40 years in the medical device industry, Quidel launched the first point-of-care test for influenza in 1999 and was the first to market a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test in the United States. United under trusted brand names, Sofia®, Solana®, Lyra®, Triage® and QuickVue®, Quidel’s comprehensive product portfolio includes tests for a wide range of infectious diseases, cardiac and autoimmune biomarkers, as well as a multitude of products to detect COVID-19. Quidel’s mission is to provide patients with immediate and frequent access to highly accurate and affordable tests for the good of our families, communities and the world. For more information on Quidel, visit quidel.com.


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