Chatham Journal Newspaper

Lyme disease support group holding organizational meeting on January 20

Pittsboro, NC – Lyme disease, the potentially debilitating tick-borne illness, is on the rise in North Carolina.

The state Department of Health and Human Services reported 30 confirmed and 236 probable cases of Lyme disease last year. In 2011 there were fewer than 100 cases in the state.

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria spread by infected deer ticks, also known as black-legged ticks. Deer ticks are small, dark-colored and typically inhabit areas with tall grass, bushes, deep woods and/or fallen leaves. Not all deer ticks carry the Lyme disease bacteria.

Brown’s Chapel United Methodist Church has been approached by a Lyme activist in the local community to help organize a Lyme Disease Support Group in Chatham County starting in 2018.  There will be an organizational meeting on Saturday, January 20 from 10:30 am – 12 pm in the fellowship hall of the church (physical address is 355 Chicken Bridge Rd, Pittsboro).

Please plan to attend.  Share the date and location with anyone who has had Lyme Disease, cares for someone who has Lyme disease or anyone simply interested in learning more about Lyme disease.

If you are interested in being notified of the meetings, please send an email to Lynn Frost at