New Hampshire House Bill 1022, “permitting pharmacists to dispense the drug ivermectin by means of a standing order,” was introduced and amended on March 17, 2022. HB1022 was Referred to Health and Human Services; Senate Journal 6 on March 22, 2022. This Bill was sponsored by Representative Leah Cushman [R], and co-sponsored by 7 additional […]
This section contains information from many different state government activities on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Additionally, in the Lyme Activities by State sub menu, county or local government activities will appear in their own state as well as actions by universities and Lyme organizations. In the State Lyme Bills Table sub menu, you will find a list of legislation by state and by year and information about it.
The Lyme Disease Association Inc (LDA) has been working to trying to stop the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases for three decades. One of the major issues in developing legislation that helps patients is to first be sure that a number of state officials understand the problems associated with Lyme and tick-borne diseases. To that end, the LDA has worked on educating state officials across the country from legislators to governors to health departments. The LDA has also worked with county and local officials who often are looking for ways to control tick-borne diseases in their specific areas which may be more heavily endemic than the state at large.
The LDA and its state partner organizations and other state advocates have worked together to lay the necessary groundwork for good legislation: besides providing officials with education, we develop relationships with officials, educate the public to the need for this legislation, and help to pass and to ensure it is implemented.
In this section, you can view some of these efforts and perhaps find ideas to use in your state.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
The RI Resolution S0711 introduced by Senator Stephen Archambault (RI 22-D), which was amended on the floor, requests the RI Department of Health to increase public awareness of Lyme activities that expose people to ticks, educate on symptoms of Lyme and importance of early detection, and to update physician protocols with regard to early detection […]
In a letter to physicians, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) warns doctors to pay attention to Lyme which is the most frequently diagnosed tick-borne disease (TBD) in Maryland residents (1400 cases 2019). The MDH also cautions them to report other TBDs, which it specifically names. The letter also points out the similarities of Lyme […]
Data from a survey of respondents with self-reported tick bite encounters who concurrently reported a clinical or serological Lyme disease (LD) diagnosis from non-endemic states for Lyme disease was published in the journal Healthcare, June 21, 2021. Focusing on Texas, which due to large size, diverse climate, and ecological conditions, reflects environments that promote ticks, […]