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).
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.
HELP US! This page is in progress – a full list of any resolutions submitted will be posted at the end of May with your help. Please contact your state, county or local governing body and ask them to pass a May resolution to spread the word about Lyme & tick-borne diseases. Check on your […]
States and counties throughout the US have proclaimed May Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Many states and counties have taken steps to raise awareness regarding Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Declaring “May Lyme Awareness Month” is one move to help remind people spring is here, ticks are out, prevention & proper education are your best tools to […]
As a follow-up to its 2020 report from its 2020 citizen science project, the Maine Forest Tick Survey at the University of Maine is recruiting forest landowners in nine southern and coastal Maine counties to begin sampling for ticks in July 2021 when tick nymphs become active. The 2020 project collected 1643 ticks, and 445 […]
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 […]
In my administrative role in the Jackson Township schools, I was responsible for everything in the school district concerning students and then some. I was in charge of special education, student attendance, guidance, and health services among other areas. I had a unique view of the overall functioning of both regular education, and special education, as well as the various points at which they met. Little did I know when I first came to Jackson Township that it was the tick capitol of New Jersey. We literally had hundreds of students with various stages of Lyme Disease on any given day.
Findings from this sample of patients showed that this group of patients reported more severe symptoms than the general population as well as reporting higher than other clinical sample groups including cancer patients and chronic pain patients, and for symptoms of fatigue, women reported higher than men.
New study summarizes human surveillance data from 2011-2018 in the United States for Babesia infections reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS). Data shows an increasing trend of reported Babesia cases (14,159 total) during this time period, with white men in the middle and […]
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 diseases. Under the continued leadership of Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ) and now with the new 2021 co-chair, Henry Cuellar (TX), the Caucus will help the Lyme Community by focusing on Lyme […]
Tick submissions needed! The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and A.T. Still University are partnering on a Missouri tick study. MDC and the University are asking for citizens of Missouri to collect, save, and mail ticks that they encounter to A.T. Still University to assist with this study.