New Jersey Case numbers/rates by County

The reported numbers in this chart, which come from the NJ Department of Health, show a per county breakdown of Lyme disease cases in New Jersey by numbers of cases and rates of incidence from 2000-2006. The CDC has indicated that only 10% of cases that meet its surveillance definition are actually reported, thus true numbers may be 10 times higher than these reported numbers.

LDA briefs Dutchess County Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Task Force and NY Congressmen

Photo_2009_003.jpg (55209 bytes)The LDA was invited by the Dutchess County (NY) Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Task Force to brief the Task Force and the invited Congressional offices on Lyme disease in New York and issues at the federal level. Pictured are NY State Assemblyman Joel Miller; Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc.; Benedict B. McCaffree, PhD, Regional Representative from Congresswoman Gillibrand’s office; Rich Winters, Staff Assistant, Congressman John Hall’s office; Bill McCAbe, Dutchess County Legislator, and Dutchess County Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Task Force; Patricia Valusek, Federal Liaison, and Gina Bisille, aide, both from Congressman Maurice Hinchey’s office.

Announcing the introduction of HR-1179: Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Prevention, Education & Research Act of 2009

Introduced by: US Representative Christopher Smith of New Jersey [for himself, Mr. Tim Holden (PA), Mr. Bart Stupak (MI), Mr. Frank Wolfe (VA)]. LDA, TFL, CALDA hire DC lobbing firm to assist patients’ efforts.

See complete bill text HR 1179.

Lyme in South

Photo_2009_006.jpg (53304 bytes)Regional Conference to Assess Research and Outreach Needs in Integrated Pest Management to Reduce the Incidence of Tick-Borne Diseases in the Southern US
Group workshop attendees at the Lyme in the South 3-day workshop at the CDC in Atlanta in January 2009. The conference was sponsored by the Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bayer Environmental Science, Focus Diagnostics, Novozymes Biologicals, Inc.  Click the picture for enlargement and identification.

Lyme Groups Testify in Hartford on Doctors’ Right to Treat

Photo_2009_004.jpg (51686 bytes)Three of the Connecticut State Legislative co-introducers of HB 6200 (top L) Kim Fawcett; (2nd row 3rd, 5th from left) Jason Bartlett, Chris Lyddy; with (2nd from L) Maggie Shaw, Newtown Lyme Disease Task Force; (4th from L) Daniel Cameron, MD, President, ILADS; Karen Gaudian, Ridgefield Lyme Disease Task Force; Pat Smith, LDA president; and Kim Pappa, Eastern Connecticut Chapter, LDA. Other Lyme activists are also pictured.

The LDA and the Task Forces were in Hartford for meetings with legislators and to testify on the bill, HB 6200, in the Public Health Committee. The groups were favorable to the concept of doctor protection with some bill language changes.

Connecticut Doctor Protection Bill Passes House

SAVE THE DATE! October 23, 2009

LDA’s 10th annual scientific conference 
Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases: Thirty-Four Years, From Lyme, Connecticut Across the Nation
To include the first Edwin Masters, MD Memorial Lecture
Gaylord National, National Harbor, Maryland 
7:30am-6:45pm, followed by networking reception.
Details and registration soon. 

LDA Speaks after UOS in Saybrook CT

Photo_2009_005.jpg (48875 bytes)(L to R) Kim Pappa, Lyme Information Network (LINK); Julie Ciucias, (LINK); Pat Smith president, Lyme Disease Association; and Jessica Naylor, (LINK), at a showing of Under Our Skin in Saybrook, CT on March 6. The showing was arranged by two seniors as part of a senior project at the High School and LDA was asked to speak about Lyme disease at the event. Kim Pappa is also Lyme Disease Association, Eastern Connecticut Chapter Chair.

Check out LDA research projects 1992-2009

LDA has awarded many grants over its lifetime. See a partial list here and the resultant publications and some of the conference presentations.

LDA strategy for reduction to tick exposure accepted by EPA’s PESP Program

Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program logoLDA is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) in an effort to reduce risks to pests, in particular, ticks, thereby reducing risks to tick-borne diseases. The thrust of this partnership with USEPA is to educate schools and families on the necessity of protection from exposure to ticks which may carry disease causing pathogens. This strategy includes developing tools to be used in schools and developing educational tools for people who have access to public lands for outdoor uses, i.e. walking, hiking. EPA has now accepted LDA’s strategy.