From LDA President Pat Smith’s Blog: The last year has seen a flurry of activity in Washington. Here’s the scoop on the bills, briefings, and bipartisan politics. 2018 HISTORY In the last Congress, May 2018, HR 5900, “National Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Control and Accountability Act of 2018’’ was introduced into the US House of Representatives by Congressman Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ)…
President of the Lyme Disease Association, Inc. graduated from Monmouth University. She has been involved with Lyme disease issues for 39 + years and is a member of the Columbia Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center Advisory Committee and member of the Environmental Protection Agency Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program. She served 4 years as a Member of the HHS Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Working Group and 4 years on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programmatic Panel on Tick-Borne Diseases. She has twice testified before US House Subcommittees on Lyme and is former Chair of the NJ Governor’s Lyme Disease Advisory Council. She has published on and been interviewed for broadcast, electronic and print media on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. (full bio)
From LDA President Pat Smith’s Blog: Lyme disease symptoms and signs can vary depending on what stage of Lyme disease the patient has. Lyme disease is an infection caused by either Borrelia burgdorferi or Borrelia mayonii 1 bacteria, the latter recently discovered in the Midwest to cause Lyme disease. Both bacteria are transmitted by the Ixodes scapularis tick (deer tick).
From LDA President Pat Smith’s Blog: The Lyme Disease Association (LDA) reports that the total number of CDC reported 2016 Lyme cases are now available. Never saw them? Not surprising. In the past, the CDC consistently reported Lyme numbers on a weekly basis, as they do with the other reportable diseases in its MMWR Report, which is published weekly. The last weekly case numbers reported, however, were reported one year ago for 2016.
From LDA President Pat Smith’s Blog: The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) would like to thank Mrs. Jean F. Galbreath, President of the all-volunteer Harford County Lyme Disease Support Group, Inc., for her dedication and hard work over the past two decades. The HCLDSG was organized by Jean in 1995 and incorporated in 1997. Over time the group has filled a void in education in the area of Harford County, Maryland, a state which ranks 8th in case numbers in the last official CDC reported numbers from 2015.
From LDA President Pat Smith’s Blog: The time has come when the public is entitled to know who in government or elsewhere is controlling the treatment of Lyme disease. 43 years into the disease, patients who can range from just infected to seriously debilitated with long-standing disease, are all thrown the same tired old bone, 3 weeks of doxycycline.
From LDA President Pat Smith’s Blog: There are a number of ticks in the United States that can carry and/or transmit many diseases which people and their pets may get from a tickbite. Often, one tickbite can transmit several different diseases. The ticks most often talked about are the Ixodes scapularis, commonly known as the deer tick or blacklegged tick, and its western cousin, Ixodes pacificus, the western blacklegged tick.
From LDA President Pat Smith’s Blog: The Lyme Disease Association (LDA) is a national non-profit dedicated to funding research, education, prevention and patient support. We are not physicians or researchers, although we do have both on the LDA’s Scientific & Professional Advisory Board to answer our questions when necessary. Although we do not answer specific questions about Lyme disease treatment, our programs often provide information on that topic, and we provide funding for patients and researchers related to that topic.