The HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (WG) of 2021-2022 will hold its first meeting on August 26, 2021. The details of the meeting can be found on the HHS TBD Working Group website. Verbal comments and written comments can be submitted according to rules on the website. This term is the last segment of the WG, which was mandated by the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law in 2016.
Govt. Departments & Agencies
The Government Department & Agencies section on the submenu includes federal government departments such as Health & Human Services (HHS), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Education (USDE). Often agencies under these departments adopt policies that affect Lyme & TBD, such as those from the CDC and NIH, both agencies are under HHS. The HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working group can be found under HHS. Military can be found under DoD. From time to time, the LDA will post articles in these sections that pertain to Lyme disease/TBD that might be of interest or importance to the public, including policies and rule making being considered or adopted.
Candy Brassard, Senior Biologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs; C. Ben Beard, PhD, Director, Bacterial Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention at a Meeting at EPA on Lyme in Virginia in 2006.
Increased cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported in the United States after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) since April 2021, particularly in adolescents and young adults. These rates for ages 16-24 following a second dose are above what is expected. Myocarditis or pericarditis has now been verified in 226 people ages 30 and younger who have received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and Federal Health Officials are investigating reports of approximately 250 more cases.
Due to this increase, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting on June 18, 2021 to discuss myocarditis cases and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) plans to closely monitor meeting.
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (IPM) has issued a new pest alert focusing on the Asian longhorned tick (ALT), which includes details about the tick’s life cycle, identification, and management options. Females can reproduce without mating with a male, causing a threat to livestock due to large-scale infestations on one animal leading to stress, […]
Lyme Disease Association (LDA) Announces CDC’s 2019 Final Lyme Disease Reported Case Numbers: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has just released the 2019 final Lyme disease reported U.S. case numbers–34,945. CDC reported that cases were ~4% more than in 2018, and the geographic distribution of areas with a high incidence of Lyme […]
When the CDC announced a webinar offering continuing education for health care providers for Lyme Awareness Month, some thought it would provide much needed education for doctors about the reality of Lyme disease for patients and what the CDC could do to actually help. Many thought CDC would seek patient input for this program. So what really happened on the webinar?
LYME DISEASE CAUCUS & CHILD ACT 2021: The Congressional Lyme Disease Caucus is a bi-partisan group working together in the U.S. House of Representatives to take action on Lyme & tick-borne disease issues. They have been staunch friends to the Lyme community. There is a new bill about to be introduced into the House of […]
The Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)/Center for Disease Control is offering a conference call on May 20th, 2020: Lyme Disease Updates and New Educational Tools for Clinicians from 2:00–3:00 P.M. ET. See right side of page for instructions on how to join the call via zoom or phone. Advanced registration is not required. During […]
The tick rover, a robot designed to remove and kill ticks from people’s yards, and a longtime project for Col. Jim Squire, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Military Institute, has won an award. The tick-eating robot traps ticks hiding on bushes and has been field-tested by biologists.
The development of a national strategy on vector-borne diseases including tick-borne diseases was mandated by Congress. To inform development of the national strategy to address vector-borne diseases, HHS is issuing this Request for Information (RFI).
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 […]