The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first tests to screen human plasma and whole blood samples for the Babesia parasite species, Babesia Microti (B. Microti), the main species that causes infection in the United States. Babesia parasites are transmitted by Ixodes scapularis ticks, also known as blacklegged or deer ticks but […]
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.
NBC News 4 New York aired a piece on the federal Tick-Borne Working Group, Tri-State Helps Bring Hope to Lyme Wars Public Health Crisis, on February 21, 2018. The video featured LDA President, Pat Smith; Lyme Society, Inc. President, Bob Sabatino; John Aucott, Co-Chair of the Working Group; as well as a number of patients. […]
The Lyme Disease Association announces that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has selected 53 individual to serve on one of six subcommittees of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (Working Group). After reviewing the nominations, selections were made by the co-chairs overseeing each of the subcommittees. The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Working Group […]
The Lyme Disease Association Inc. announces that the new HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) has selected co-chairs from the TBDWG for its 6 newly formed sub-committees. LDA President Pat Smith will be co-chair the Disease Vectors, Surveillance and Prevention (includes epidemiology of tick-borne diseases) Subcommittee. The other co-chair is Dr. Ben Beard, Acting Deputy […]
The new HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) is seeking nominations from federal employees and members of the public who are interested in being considered for appointments to subcommittees being established to provide information for the TBDWG. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on January 7, 2018. The new HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) […]
The Lyme Disease Association (LDA) reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on November 22, 2017, the appointment of 14 members, 7 federal and 7 non-federal, to the new HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. Lyme Disease Association President Pat Smith was one of 7 non-federal appointees to the Working Group, which was established through […]
East Asian tick, also known as longhorned or bush tick Photo: James OcciThe Lyme Disease Association reports that a new tick species to the U.S. has been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The East Asian tick’s presence, aka longhorned or bush tick, was confirmed in Hunterdon County NJ on November 9. Initial ID […]
Responses are beginning to come in from organizations and doctors regarding CDC’s limiting of Lyme disease treatments for patients. We will update this list as we continue to receive and review them. As you review each link, if there is an opportunity to respond, please do so. 1) LDA Responds to CDC Limiting Lyme Disease […]
The Lyme Disease Association announced that early today, July 14, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released its intent to establish the Tick-Borne Disease (TBD) Working Group called for in Section 2062 of the 21st Century Cures Act. The working group will assist HHS in its efforts to conduct and support epidemiological, […]
June 16, 2017 – In an MMWR article highlighting several cases of patients diagnosed with Lyme disease who developed complications including death from the treatment, CDC said it does not recommend prolonged antibiotic or immunoglobulin therapy, which it says, lack data supporting effectiveness for chronic Lyme disease. According to the article entitled “Serious Bacterial Infections […]