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Legislation Aims to Fight Lyme Disease with National Strategy

A new bill would help fund research and speed up diagnosis on the disease.

The fight against Lyme disease is getting a push on the national level from a group of lawmakers, according to a recent report on MyFoxBoston.com

New legislation is aimed at speeding advances in diagnosis and prevention, and would look to establish an advisory committee of researchers and patient advocates, as well as coordinate support developing better research and surveillance,according to the report. 

The bill would allegedly help channel more money to research on how to treat and prevent the disease, said Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island. The legislation has also received support from Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. 

Lyme disease has certainly been a topic of discussion in the Dover-Sherborn area over the years. Last September, the  and a possible controlled burn in Dover to curtail tick population.

Then, in October,  began earlier in an effort to try and reduce the rate of Lyme disease in the region.

More recently, the mild winter this past year, coupled with the warmer-than-usual spring, brought forth an in the area.

Just last month, on June 4, author to discuss her memoir and guide on how to heal the mind, body and spirit from chronic Lyme disease. 

Would you support a national strategy that would aim to help fight and prevent Lyme disease? Let us know in the comments section below.

Alexander Davis July 16, 2012 at 09:51 PM
There should be a national strategy which addresses the underlying cause of the Lyme epidemic, namely the deer epidemic. On Monhegan Island Maine the residents wisely ended their Lyme epidemic by removing the deer. According to Cornell wildlife expert Paul Curtis, deer populations must be lowered to 6-8 deer per square mile to effectively decrease the tick population. Some local communities have tried to cull deer but have not achieved that level, which must be vigorously maintained since the deer population can potentially double in 1-2 years. The federal government could help by funding deer removal and removing restrictions. Ticks from one deer produce at least 450,000 eggs per season. These eggs develop into the immature ticks which bite mice and us. In 1930 there were 300,000 deer in the US. Now there are 30 million. Why should we have to fence ourselves in while the disease-spreading deer go free?

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