The CDC published, in the February edition of its “Emerging Infectious Diseases,” two new papers pertaining to Lyme disease case numbers. CDC indicates that the researchers found ~ 476,000 people are diagnosed with and treated for Lyme disease each year in the U.S. This is a 59% increase from their previous estimate of ~300,000. Also, CDC posted a new page to its website, Syndromic Surveillance of Emergency Department Visits for Tick Bites, showing tick bites by time, age/sex, and region.
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The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) has been working for Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBD) for 30 years, with individuals who are patients and family members of patients driving the programs. We care about you, your family, your friends, your pets, who have or might acquire Lyme disease and other TBD. That is why ~97% of our funds generally go directly to programs. Over time, LDA has awarded 120 research grants resulting in 53 peer-reviewed journal articles− one published in 2020 by Columbia University’s Brian Fallon, MD. The LDA partnered to help to establish the endowed Columbia University Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center 13 years ago. The “Brain, Behavior & Immunity” article conclusion states:
On Thursday, December 17, 2020, Project Lyme will host a Zoom meeting with Robert Bransfield, MD and Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association, discussing the IDSA, relationship to CDC, what are the new guidelines, how have they changed, comparison to ILADS guidelines and other topics.
These pictures of the Haemaphysalis longicornis (Asian longhorned) were taken recently by LDA’s Scientific & Professional Advisory Board member James L. Occi, Rutgers, in Bergen County NJ. The invasive tick was first discovered on a NJ farm on a sheep in 2017. The tick probably came from Asia, where it is able to transmit diseases […]
In a complex government process, the Tick Act–a bill that provides funding for Vector-Borne Diseases including Lyme – was not fully funded according to the Committee report on HHS. The Committee report has 16M for Lyme and 38M for vector-borne diseases. (NOTE: as LDA has mentioned in prior information on the Tick Act, it is […]
Fair Health, is “an independent non-profit that collects data for and manages the nation’s largest database of privately billed health insurance claims,” including Medicare Parts A & B. In December 2019, it published a white paper “Trends and Patterns in Lyme Disease, An Analysis of Private Claims Data. The Paper analyzed 30 billion privately billed […]
The picture in New Jersey of spotted fever group rickettsiosis (SFGR), which includes Rocky Mountain Spotted fever (RMSF), is complex. In this latest study from the Am. Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (James Occi, Rutgers University, et al, ), the researchers tested American dog ticks and lone star ticks in NJ to determine which […]
IMMEDIATE ACTION Recommended by LDA: Make Your Voices Heard on Persistent Lyme to the Working Group Now! June 24th Deadline. Our government denies persistent (chronic) Lyme and refuses to acknowledge and help those patients. Please submit comments, can be short, about the existence and importance of persistent (chronic) Lyme. How it affects your life, family, job,
Robert Bransfield, MD, discusses the similarities and differences of COVID 19 and Lyme disease, including medical and political aspects of both in A Tale of Two Pandemics: Lyme & COVID-19 video, which he presented to the Academy of Nutritional Medicine, London, England. There is an emphasis on neuropsychological manifestations and a Q & A is […]