Aug 10, 2020
Identification and Treatment of Tickborne Diseases
Play • 21 min

Evaluation and Credit:


Target Audience           

This activity is targeted towards primary care practitioners.


Statement of Need

In the United States, vector-borne diseases, including those transmitted by ticks, are occurring more frequently and represent a significant public health concern.  The CDC reported the number of disease cases in the US and its territories caused by mosquito, tick, and flea bites grew more than threefold from 2004 to 2016. Tickborne diseases can be very serious and sometimes fatal, providers need to be aware of common symptoms. Because of the inherent delay in obtaining laboratory confirmation, early implementation of evidence-based treatment based on the patient’s clinical presentation is extremely important. 



At the conclusion of this offering, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss common diseases related to tick bites.
  • Summarize the clinical symptoms of tickborne diseases.
  • Discuss diagnostic testing to confirm a tickborne disease.
  • Define evidence-based treatment for tick-related diseases.



Mark J. McDonald, MD, CPE, FAAP

Medical Director, Norton Children’s Hospital & Norton Children’s Medical Center

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Division of Pediatric Critical Care

University of Louisville School of Medicine



Victoria Statler, M.D. M.Sc

Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville

Attending Physician

Pediatric Transplant Infectious Diseases Service at Norton Children’s Hospital

Norton Children’s Hospital


Speaker, Moderator and Planner Disclosures 

The speaker, moderator and planners for this activity have no potential or actual conflicts of interest to disclose.


Commercial Support 

This activity has not received commercial support.


Physician Credits

American Medical Association



Norton Healthcare is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.



Norton Healthcare designates this enduring material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Nursing Credits

Kentucky Board of Nursing

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Approved Provider: Norton Healthcare, provider number 4-0002-12-20-224. The program has been approved by Norton Healthcare for .60 contact hours which expires 12/31/2020. KBN approval of a continuing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content. Nursing participants must attest to the number of hours of attendance and complete the evaluation to receive contact hours. For more information related to nursing credits, contact Sally Sturgeon DNP, RN, SANE-A, AFN-BC at (502) 446-5889 or”


Date of Original Release | August 2020

Course Termination Date | August 31, 2022

Contact Information | Center for Continuing Medical Education; (502) 446-5955 or


Resources for Additional Study 

John, M.D., Teny and Taege, M.D., Alan; Appropriate laboratory testing in Lyme Disease; Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, Volume 86, Number 11, November 2019, pages 751 - 759.

Tickborne Diseases of the United States: A Reference Manual for Healthcare Providers, Fifth Edition, 2018. U.S. Department of Health and Humana Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Xiaojing Chen,; Epidemiology of tick-borne encephalitis in China, 2007-2018; PLoS ONE 14(12):

e0226712.;  .





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