Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Chief Data Scientist and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health, Kristen Honey, recently gave an interview on HHS’s Lyme Innovation initiative with Nextgov.
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A peer-reviewed report co-authored by Melissa C Fesler and Raphael B Stricker has been published in the International Journal of General Medicine which evaluates pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) using medications approved for use in pregnant women to prevent gestational problems and severe illness in this high-risk population.
As part of the LymeX public-private partnership between Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Cohen Foundation, HHS has published an RFI in the Federal Register, 2.11.21 that seeks information on the current state of the science and technology to accelerate “innovative solutions” for Lyme disease diagnosis. The RFI contains a series of questions it […]
Update 2/27/21: The FDA has approved J&J’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use Feb. 24, 2021 – the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has indicated Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine has met requirements for emergency use authorization (EUA). The report from staff will be used to brief the Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting, […]
“Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention Practices for Lyme Disease by Clinicians, United States, 2013-2015” by Alyssa R. Beck, MPH, Grace E. Marx, MD, and Alison F. Hinckley, PhD, published in Public Health Report, February 4, 2021, presented a study the objective of which “was to better understand factors associated with clinical practices related to tick bites […]
A study by Mikhail et al in Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Feb. 2021, from 2006 to 2017 showed 19,469 beneficiaries had babesiosis recorded, a substantial increase. The highest states by rates were Massachusetts (62), Rhode Island (61), Connecticut (51), New York (30), and New Jersey (19). States previously considered nonendemic saw increases: New Hampshire, Maine, […]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided an update in the federal agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on February 19, 2021, regarding the first month of COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring in the US from December 14, 2020 through January 13, 2021. The report covers the two COVID-19 vaccines, developed by Pfizer BioNTech […]
According to the US Department of Agriculture, USDA, the most recent tick to come into the US is now found in 15 states. The information is published in the USDA’s National Haemaphysalis longicornis Situation Report, February 3, 2021. States are VA, WVA, PA, NC, NJ, TN, NY, KY, MD, CT DE, SC, AR, OH, RI. For […]
The Access to Care Subcommittee unanimously recommended the following Potential Action.
Working Group Access to Care Subcommittee Report, Potential Action 4: Recommend that CDC provide input to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, CSTE, that the Lyme disease surveillance case definition be revised such that it abandons the use of geographic parameters for Lyme disease.