Webinar Available for Viewing on YouTube–On April 29th, 2021, Mothers Against Lyme & Project Lyme presented an interactive webinar Lyme Disease and Pregnancy: State of the Science and Opportunities for Research Support featuring Holly Ahern, MS, MT (ASCP), Sue Faber, RN, BScN, and representatives from the NIH. It is known that Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, can cross the placenta, causing
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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).
Ohio State University researchers have just published on their creation of nanobodies which target the protein that causes E. chaffeensis bacteria to be extremely infectious. It is thought that these nanobodies can be developed as a new or complementary therapy for human monocytic ehrlichiosis as well as other tick-borne diseases that are caused by intracellular infections, infections that can be fatal if left untreated or undertreated.
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 […]
Each May, the LDA asks experts in the area of Lyme & tick-borne diseases to write a blog to educate the public in an opinion piece on a specific topic or one they choose. One blog is published each week. For Lyme/TBD awareness 2021, LDA will present the following: Joseph Burrascano, MD Lyme Testing […]
Pfizer CEO, Albert Bourla, announced yesterday that an antiviral pill to treat Covid-19 may be available by the end of the year. The pill, taken orally at home, would be effective at the first sign of Covid-19 infection or exposure, and is expected to be effective against variants. Pfizer is testing two antivirals, one intravenous […]
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 […]
An April 14, 2021 PLOS 1 study, Cynthia Otto et al., 2021, suggests that specially trained dogs can sniff out COVID-19 samples with 96% accuracy. The study, “Discrimination of SARS-CoV-2 infected patient samples by detection dogs: A proof of concept study,” comes out of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Working Dog Center. […]
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 […]
A new study was published April 23, 2021, in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, “Examining prevalence and diversity of tick-borne pathogens in questing Ixodes pacificus ticks in California,” by Daniel Salkeld, et al. This is the first study to characterize bacteria carried by ticks in the chaparral in beach areas. The findings were unexpected: black-legged ticks […]