Diagnostics, Featured | CME Credits Pending
According to the CDC, “…untreated Lyme disease during pregnancy can lead to infection of the placenta” and “There are no published studies assessing developmental outcomes of children whose mothers acquired Lyme disease during pregnancy.”
To address this gap in clinical knowledge, Invisible has added a new CME course, “Congenital Lyme and Co-infections,” which reviews the latest evidence associated with mother-to-fetus transmission of the most important tick-borne pathogens. Diseases covered includes Lyme disease, babesiosis, tick-borne encephalitis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, bartonellosis anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, relapsing fever, and the flavivirus that causes tick-borne encephalitis.
The course is taught by Jack Lambert, MD, PhD, a Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Genitourinary Medicine at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, and a Full Clinical Professor at University College Dublin School of Medicine. His current research focus is on infections in pregnancy, and he is also the founder of the Lyme Resource Centre in Scotland, which is working to help the educate the public and health-care professionals on tick-borne illnesses.
In the end, Dr. Lambert notes the limited number of studies on this important topic, as he asks, “Why are we not doing further research on this?”