Lyme disease is a Multi-Systemic Disease caused by the bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) which normally is a bacterial spirochete (spiral) shape. General Early Lyme disease Symptoms & Signs: Erythema Chronicum Migrans (EM) also called the Bull’s Eye Rash, at bite site. Rash only found in 50% of patients. Other Types of Rashes anywhere on […]
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Network to Reduce Lyme Disease in School-Aged Children, Washington, DC ……. Early detection is critical since you are on the front lines when educating school staff and students. You, as the school nurse, can make a huge difference in a child’s life by providing guidance on Lyme disease prevention, detection, and treatment to your school staff, as well as the parents of the community [….]
With the help of Rep. Chris Smith and a Wall advocate, the House passed breakthrough legislation on the hot-button issue. For decades, Wall resident Pat Smith has implored the medical establishment to acknowledge the existence of chronic Lyme disease. On Wednesday, her quest took a big step forward. The House of Representatives passed the 21st […]
Maine State Rep. Deb Sanderson; LDA President, Pat Smith; and Paula Jackson Jones, President of MLDSE at the Women in Government conference, Sept 30th, 2016LDA President Pat Smith has been invited by the Women In Government Foundation, Inc. (WIG) to speak at its 17th Annual Southern & 18th Annual Eastern Regional Conference (9/29-10/1) in Bar […]
Asbury Park Press recently featured an article by Jerry Carino: Rep. Chris Smith on Lyme disease ‘culture of denial,’ a Q&A with the congressman, who has crusaded for Lyme disease research and formal recognition of chronic Lyme.The article highlights the congressman’s U.S. Representative Chris Smith (NJ-4) Lyme legislation victories and new initiatives. Although Smith is encouraged by […]
The LDA has prepared valuable tools to distribute to educators, medical professionals and legislators.
This section provides valuable information on the many aspects of Lyme and tick-borne diseases.
US Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) held a 2 hour offsite HELP (Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee) full committee field hearing – Lyme Disease: A Comprehensive Approach to an Evolving Threat – in Stamford, Connecticut, on August 30, 2012 . Several panels of individuals testified and everyone attending the hearing in the audience was invited to submit […]
The new IDSA guidelines published in October by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) are already causing patients to be denied treatment for chronic Lyme disease. The guidelines have recommended against any long term treatments, listing numerous specific antibiotic classes not to be given, listing alternative treatments and even supplements not to be offered […]
Lyme disease can cause deaths. The chart below shows numbers of deaths from Lyme disease and from Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) (link to our RMSF page), another tick-borne disease considered to be very serious. The numbers are taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the years 2002 through 2007.