States and counties throughout the US have proclaimed May Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Many states and counties have taken steps to raise awareness regarding Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Declaring “May Lyme Awareness Month” is one move to help remind people spring is here, ticks are out, prevention & proper education are your best tools to […]
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An April 14, 2021 PLOS 1 study, Cynthia Otto et al., 2021, suggests that specially trained dogs can sniff out COVID-19 samples with 96% accuracy. The study, “Discrimination of SARS-CoV-2 infected patient samples by detection dogs: A proof of concept study,” comes out of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Working Dog Center. […]
As a follow-up to its 2020 report from its 2020 citizen science project, the Maine Forest Tick Survey at the University of Maine is recruiting forest landowners in nine southern and coastal Maine counties to begin sampling for ticks in July 2021 when tick nymphs become active. The 2020 project collected 1643 ticks, and 445 […]
A new study was published April 23, 2021, in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, “Examining prevalence and diversity of tick-borne pathogens in questing Ixodes pacificus ticks in California,” by Daniel Salkeld, et al. This is the first study to characterize bacteria carried by ticks in the chaparral in beach areas. The findings were unexpected: black-legged ticks […]
C. Tagliabue, M. Ed.
Director of Student Personnel and Community Services, (Retired) Jackson Township, New Jersey
More often than not children who contract Lyme Disease are treated with antibiotics for a few months and do not require any additional educational supports or services to make up for lost time in school. This is the rule for the majority of children who contract Lyme Disease, however there are many children who have a difficult time responding to standard treatments, for any number of reasons, and other children who become re-infected one or more times. These children are considered to have “Chronic Lyme Disease.”
Below is an example of a possible field trip form that could be developed by your school to send home when children are going on a trip where they could encounter ticks. (NOTE: The Lyme Disease Association Inc. does not make recommendations to use or not use repellents. It is an individual decision. Check […]
There are a number of federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities including the ADA, ADAAA, and the IDEA, the latter which ensures children with disabilities get a free public education based on needs. Section 504 of the IDEA is probably the most known portion of the law. Americans with Disability Act (ADA) The Americans […]
In my administrative role in the Jackson Township schools, I was responsible for everything in the school district concerning students and then some. I was in charge of special education, student attendance, guidance, and health services among other areas. I had a unique view of the overall functioning of both regular education, and special education, as well as the various points at which they met. Little did I know when I first came to Jackson Township that it was the tick capitol of New Jersey. We literally had hundreds of students with various stages of Lyme Disease on any given day.
Lyme Disease in the Schools: From a Board Perspective By: Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association January 20, 2006 – Twelve years on the Board of Education in my community in New Jersey taught me one thing: board members do not know, cannot know and should not know everything that happens in a school district. […]
The National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), has a page on Lyme vaccines including its information on what occurred with the first Lyme vaccine, LYMErix, and what is happening with some current vaccines and vaccine research. https://www.niaid.nih.gov/diseases-conditions/lyme-disease-vaccines