The report of a human death in Georgia from Heartland virus (HRTV) as well as confirmed white-tailed deer exposure to the tick-borne pathogen prompted researchers to collect samples of questing ticks in 2018–2019. The samples were taken from 26 sites near the areas where seropositive deer were captured, as well as the residence of the human patient.
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.
A Decade Later: If you did not have an opportunity to see and hear the Congressional Lyme Hearing when it took place in 2012, and you want to read about the issues at that time, you can read the full transcript here. It may not be a surprise that almost 10 years since the hearing, […]
The FDA has just announced that they plan to postpone their scheduled advisory committee meeting on Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years. They do not expect to reconvene for a few more months pending additional data required to move forward. A two-dose vaccine series failed to meet “immunobridging” criteria […]
A new CDC study shows that in comparison with state reporting data, the number of hospitalized patients with Babesia has increased “modestly” over a 7-year period. Researchers performed this analysis in the United States during 2010–2016. The National Inpatient Sample database was used to characterize the epidemiology of Babesia–associated admissions, reflecting severe Babesia-related disease. Results showed […]
The Lyme Disease Association is sad to announce the death of Dr. Gregory P. Bach, a decades-long physician treating patients with Lyme & tick-borne diseases. Dr. Bach initially worked/trained with Lyme pioneer, clinician Dr. John Drulle, in New Jersey, and Dr. Bach then opened an office in Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Deb Bach, […]
Delegate David A. Reid (D-House District 32) introduced Virginia HB 850, a Lyme disease bill, in House referral committee pending as of January 12, 2022. The bill pertains to Lyme disease; signage; instructional resources; and materials. It requires the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to develop and post signage in each state park and […]
A new writing in Science has been published, Nervous System Consequences of COVID 19. In this writing authors discuss an array of symptoms such as frequent headaches, intractable fatigue, sensory disturbances, autonomic dysfunction, depression, psychological impacts, and in severe cases, delusions and paranoia, that may persist for months after initial infection, now called Long COVID. […]
In a recent New York City (NYC) study, researchers investigated habitat associations and pathogen status of Gulf coast ticks (Amblyomma maculatum). NYC is a newly expanded distribution range for this species. Investigators collected 88 ticks from two parks on Staten Island (NYC) and compared findings of ticks collected from similar habitats in Brooklyn from April […]
Most southwestern detection of Borrelia burgdorferi pathogen in the midwestern US to date. In a recently published article, researchers present their findings of tick surveillance surveys conducted in summer of 2019. Surveys focused on the eastern counties of the state where 266 ticks were collected and 3 species were identified. Twenty two Ixodes scapularis were collected from 5 […]
A recent article published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, describes host associations of larval and nymphal Ixodes scapularis (blacklegged ticks) collected from eight lizard species. Researchers collected from 2 to 3 sampling arrays at 5 field sites in the southeastern US, including North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. Samples were collected at […]