“one little bite” is a video short that was produced by Monica White, COTBDAA Co-founder/President, in a storytelling workshop hosted by Chaffee County Public Health. This is a story about one person, one family, whose lives were forever changed by the bite of a tick. Though presentation of this story may be unique, the theme […]
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.
Our companion animals get Lyme disease too. Here are several PSAs from veterinarians
in Vermont reminding pet owners to be aware of the problems pets face from Lyme disease. The Lyme Disease Association Inc. also reminds you that pets can bring unattached ticks into the home which can then bite humans.
STATE LEGISLATION IN THE LYMELIGHT By: Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc. Lorraine Johnson, Executive Director, California Lyme Disease Association Passing legislation to combat problems associated with Lyme disease can help correct some of the problems Lyme patients face, or it can exacerbate the very problems that it is intended to address. This […]
Carl Tuttle is a long time New Hampshire advocate. He is a member of the New Hampshire Commission to Study Testing For Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases. The charter is to “study the use and limitations of serological diagnostic tests to determine the presence or absence of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and the development […]
The Pike County (PA) Tick Borne Diseases Task Force has provided a 6 minute video slide show with results from the Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Base-Line Study, a county-wide assessment of the tick-borne diseases and infection rates of ticks funded in part by a 2018 grant awarded by the LDA. From Spring 2018 […]
A review article has just been published by the Journal of Medical Entomology describing the ticks and tick-borne diseases of Colorado which includes tick-host associations, geographic distributions and medical/veterinary importance. In this article, 28 species of endemic ticks in Colorado are described as well as an additional 5 species that are occasionally detected, 13 exotic […]
Here is information the Lyme Disease Association Inc. (LDA) is providing for informational purposes only. The LDA does not take a position on the topic. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention You will not get Lyme disease from eating venison or squirrel meat, but in keeping with general food safety principles, always […]
Almost a decade ago, Lyme advocates in Minnesota, pursuing Lyme doctor protection legislation, settled for a compromise from the State Medical Board which issued a Moratorium taking action against doctors who treat long term. The Moratorium was reviewed and extended in 2014, while awaiting more research on the topic. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, […]
From the LDA, October 25, 2019 A press conference was held at the Wall Township Municipal Complex hosted by Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ). The Congressman highlighted information on the “NIH Strategic Plan for Tick-Borne Disease Research,” as well as “The Tick Act,” a bipartisan effort to improve research, prevention, diagnostics, and treatment for tick-borne diseases. […]
Read below or Click here for Dr. Robert Bransfield’s Speech – Pennsylvania HB629 Rally I am a psychiatrist in New Jersey who has treated thousands of Lyme patients in the past 30 years and many have come from Pennsylvania. I am here to support passage of Pennsylvania HB629. Our greatest resource is our human capability and productivity and that is being jeopardized by an epidemic of inadequately diagnosed and inadequately treated tickborne diseases in children and adults.