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Mt. Equinox, VT – Gear Up For Lyme Bike Climb

Mt. Equinox, VT – Gear Up For Lyme Rotary Bike Climb


Bike Climb Up Equinox Manchester Rotary 2009
Pat Smith, President Lyme Disease Association, Inc.

  • Thanks to the Manchester Rotary
  • Thanks to you for being here today.
    • Part of the team.
    • Seeking a cure for Lyme disease
  •  Lyme disease has increased in VT
    • 1993 12 cases
    • 2007 (138) 31% over 2006 (105)
    • 2007 1050% over 1993 cases
    • CDC says 10x reported cases 1380 cases/2007/VT
    • !Nationally 2007 saw about 274, 440 new cases develop
  • Lyme now in 65 countries worldwide
  • Ckildren 5-9 & 10-14 at greatest risk of acquiring the disease
  • One bite of the deer tick can cause Lyme &
    • anaplasmosis
    • babesiosis
    • bartonellosis
    • tularemia
    • powassan encephalitis
    • tick paralysis
  • One bite of the lone star tick can cause
    • STARI
    • ehrlichiosis
    • RMSF
    • tularemia
    • tick paralysis
  • One bite of the American dog tick can cause
    • RMSF
    • ehrlichiosis
    • tularemia
    • tick paralysis
  • The tests for Lyme are unreliable, about 40-60% accuracy
    • You can test negative and still have Lyme disease.
    • Lyme is meant to be a clinical diagnosis made by a physician, with testing as an adjunct.
  • Some tick-borne diseases can be transmitted through the blood supply,
    • Like babesiosis, a malaria like illness you can get from the deer tick
    • Lyme disease has not been shown to be transmitted through the blood supply, however, it can survive blood banking processing and
    • A recent CDC study showed it can be transmitted thru transfusion in mouse model
    • There is no screening for Lyme disease in the blood supply
  •  Tick-borne diseases are serious
    • Lyme can get into the brain less than 24 hrs after a tick bite
    • Lyme bacteria can cross the placenta and cause death on the fetus
    • Lyme can progress and cause severe arthritic, neurologic and psychiatric problems
    • Several TBDs have high fatality rates, especially if untreated
  • The government is spending only 27.4M on Lyme disease 9th that’s CDC/NIH combined
  • Bill HR 1179/S1352 100M/5 years
    • 76 House, 6 Senate Not one VT congressman or senator has signed
    • Pls go to LymeDiseaseAssociation.org get info, call your  legislator today