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The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would organize research for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. The Tick-borne Disease Research Transparency and Accountability Act of 2014 would help prevent the spreading of the disease in Massachusetts, which has some of the highest incident rates of Lyme disease in the country, Congressman William Keating said.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation co-written by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., meant to bolster the federal response to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses on a voice vote late Tuesday. Welch and his co-sponsor, Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., represent states in which Lyme is a growing public health concern.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , there are more than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. each year. Last year, most Lyme disease cases reported to the CDC were concentrated heavily in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 96 percent of cases in 13 states.
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Once, Lyme disease was just something that happened to other people, something we'd hear about now and then, something discussed on public radio, but not something about which we needed to worry. The truth is, we should have been worrying about Lyme disease decades ago.
Lyme disease isn't as common in Northern California as it is in, say, the northeastern U.S. But a new study found that unlike other places, western Northern California residents, including those who live in the Bay Area, risk the nasty disease all year. In western Northern California, western black-legged ticks, the most common local Lyme disease carriers, are active year-round.
Even during the last weeks of summer, it's important to remember children and pets are at greater risk of being infected with Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Because people and their pets often spend time in the same environments where Lyme and other disease-transmitting ticks are found, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics are working together to offer advice to households with children and pets.
Last month, at the men's member-guest, Michael U. showed me a gadget he had attached to his bag: He told me that it contained a battery-powered fan, which enveloped him and his golf cart with a cloud of mosquito repellent. I was extremely interested, because I don't like being bitten by mosquitoes, and I've been trying extra hard to protect myself against ticks, ever since coming down with Lyme disease for the fifth or sixth time, back in June.
Saying she was frustrated because patients weren't being adequately diagnosed or treated for Lyme disease, Liz Zubek quit British Columbia's new Complex Chronic Disease Program in June. Now, Dr. Zubek has teamed up with Lyme disease patients in a crowdfunding project to pay a freedom of information fee for the release of medical documents related to the program's management.
The family of 3-year-old Lillian Rose Bennett, who died three weeks ago of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, has started a foundation to help educate medical practitioners and the public about the disease, which is uncommon in Pennsylvania. "We want her to be able to live on and help other people," her grandfather, Ron Hoffman of Fairview Township, said Saturday.
Members of the Village Preservation Society of East Hampton have raised $100,000 since mid-June to help pay for the sterilization of does in the area in an attempt to control the local deer population without having to resort to another government "cull". The funds will be added to the $30,000 already earmarked by the Village Board for a program to spay does set to commence in January.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 07:02 am
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