Open Access Government recently interviewed Paul Mead, Chief of the Bacterial Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The interview focuses on the increasing risk that Lyme & tick-borne diseases pose to health in the United States, and covers a number of important topics, including how bites from infected […]
This section contains information on legislation that has been introduced and/or passed by the federal government. It includes sections that contain the position the Lyme Disease Association (LDA) has taken on various bills, if any, and information on how to contact your legislator; and what you can do to help specific laws be passed or defeated. Additionally, there is a section on various government departments. From time to time, the LDA will post articles from the departments/agencies in these sections that pertain to Lyme disease that might be of interest or importance to the public, including policies being considered or adopted.
It is important for the LDA to take a lead role in forming relationships with all levels of government. Laws and policy decisions often affect how Lyme disease is viewed by the public and physicians, and LDA needs to clearly articulate the problems which are created by government actions or which can be rectified by government actions. Additionally, we need to ensure that the information presented to government officials is accurate and supported by science.
Parasites & Vectors, (Fernandez, G.P., et al.) published “Risk of tick-borne pathogen spillover into urban yards in New York City” on August 10, 2022. On Staten Island, New York City, researchers studied local landscapes to determine which features of urban yards were more favorable for ticks. Individual yards (529) were surveyed for ticks across Staten […]
Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases, (Lars E.), published a review article “Tick species infesting humans in the United States” in November, 2022*. The author presents data as a summary table for published records of bites, diseases, and infestations of ticks on humans in the United States (US) to date. The goal of this review is to […]
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a four-year grant in the amount of $2.1 million to Washington State University so that researchers there may further develop methods for the prevention of Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, another common tick-borne coinfection.
In the Journal of Medical Entomology, Sarah Schwartz et al. published “Tick-Borne Pathogens in Questing Blacklegged Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) From Pike County, Pennsylvania” on August 3, 2022. Questing ticks were collected through a 2-yr survey in Pike County, representing one of the largest county-wide studies in Pennsylvania. Over a thousand black-legged and American dog ticks […]
The section contains articles of individual state activities and multi state activities related to government actions or patients’ or advocates’ action to legislate or educate. Click on the picture of your state or click on USA for multistate actions or information. A-USA California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Illinois Kansas Maine Maryland Massachusetts Minnesota […]
Lyme patient advocate Monica White, President, Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association (COTBBAA), had verbal comments accepted at the July 2020 meeting of the HHS Tick-Borne Diseases Working Group: “My name is Monica White. I’m president/co-founder of Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association. I’ve lived with chronic Lyme, co-infections & conditions for nearly 16 years due to […]
The Center for Vector Biology (CVB), part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, launched New Jersey Ticks 4 Science!, a citizen-led science project supported by the state that asks New Jerseyans to submit tick specimens they find to help track tick populations and help prevent tick-borne diseases. Rutgers University NJ Agricultural […]
On December 10, 2021, a joint news release by Winnebago Public Health Department and Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department was published by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Nebraska announcing that Borrelia burgdorferi has been detected for the first time in the State in both ticks and humans in Thurston County. Thurston is […]
In late June, PA State Senate passed Michele Brooks (PA-50) legislation regarding ticks and the diseases they transmit, such as Lyme. According to Brooks, “Senate Bill 1188 seeks to combat the long-term effects of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases by promoting education and awareness among health care professionals, providing coverage for diagnostic testing and treatment, […]