Dr. Montgomery McFate, Professor, U.S. Naval War College, published, “The Myths of Lyme Disease: Separating Fact from Fiction for Military Personnel,” in Joint Force Quarterly, 100, Feb. 16, 2021. Dr. McFate addresses, in the well-cited article, many damaging myths regarding Lyme that have proliferated in the medical system since its discovery over 40 years ago. She describes how these myths harm military personnel, a population that is particularly at risk for exposure to Lyme disease.
Lyme disease has a serious impact on the military and their dependents. In the Feb. 2021 Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR), a report on vector-borne diseases in the military during the period 2016 – 2020, including all reportable medical events (RME) of active and reserve component service members who served any time during that period, stated, “Lyme disease accounted for 43.8% of all confirmed RME cases and was the most common of the vector-borne diseases reported….”
A Feb. 2021 Joint Force Quarterly publication written by a US Naval War College professor describes the high risks of Lyme to the military−some 75% of all US military installations are located in states where 99% of the ~500,000 TBD cases reported to CDC from 2004-2016 occurred. Additionally, veterans often retire to rural counties where Lyme incidence is higher.
This section contains articles on Lyme & TBD and service members and dependents.
The House Lyme Disease Caucus is a bi-partisan group working together in Congress to take action on Lyme & tick-borne diseases. Under the leadership of Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ) and co-chair Colin Peterson (MN), it has initiated letters and actions to benefit Lyme patients, such as the inclusion of the monies for Lyme & tick-borne […]
Update: The Bill and passed amendments such as this one (below) has now moved to the conference committee where the House and Senate will work to decide what language goes into the final product. The LDA provided input into the amendment language and has been working to get Senators to champion the inclusion of this GAO Investigation Amendment into the final bill.
In February 2020, the Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) asked you to contact your Congress Member and request that he/she sign on to two important letters from the US House Lyme Disease Caucus. The language in the bipartisan letters was developed with input from the LDA and other TBD advocates. Below are links to the […]
The FY20 Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) Program Announcements managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) are now posted to the grants.gov (search grants by CFDA Number 12.420) and on the CDMRP website. FY20 funding opportunities include the following: · Career Development Award · Idea Development Award […]
The FY20 Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) Program managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has issued a preannouncement for the FY20 funding opportunity. The link to the preannouncement can be found here: https://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2020/20tbdrppreann FY20 funding opportunities available for the Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) include a […]
From Department of Defense – CDMRP: Nicole Malachowski recently medically retired from the US Air Force as a Colonel after 21 years of service as a career fighter pilot. She was the first woman in history to fly with the Thunderbirds (US Air Force Demonstration Squadron) and went on to be the Commander of the […]
As part of the Pentagon’s second annual “Bug Week,” an event organized to raise awareness of insects and the diseases they carry, the Defense Department announced its plans to develop a new and improved product that will eventually replace permethrin, the repellent and insecticide currently used to soak most military combat uniforms to protect against […]
TO: Lyme Disease Advocates & Patients FROM: Lyme Disease Association, Inc. Pat Smith, President, 8-15-19 RE: Urgent & Immediate Help Needed to Investigate Information Which Could Lead to Helping to Solve Tick-Borne Diseases Problem ISSUE: The debate over the prevalence of Lyme disease and whether it exists in a chronic form has raged for decades. […]
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Let’s get our Representatives in the US House of Representatives to sign up for the House Lyme Caucus. It is a bi-partisan group working together in Congress to take action on Lyme & tick-borne diseases. Under the leadership of Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ) and co-chair Colin Peterson (MN), it […]