The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2015 introduced by Sens. Blumenthal, Ayotte | Outbreak News Today Outbreak News Today
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Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Kelly Ayotte (R.-N.H.) introduced legislation Thursday to increase public awareness and strengthen efforts to combat tick-borne diseases – a significant threat to public health. The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2015 would help ensure the necessary resources are dedicated to fighting tick-borne diseases.

Black-legged tick

Ixodes scapularis, a Black-legged tick/CDC

Blumenthal said, “Now that the weather is warmer, people will be spending much more time outdoors. Unfortunately, more time outside – especially in wooded areas that are so common in my home state of Connecticut – also means more exposure to tick-borne illnesses, like Lyme disease – a pernicious and insidious public health threat. I am proud of re-introduce a measure that will address the need for a strong national effort to fight these diseases as they become more rampant in the warmer months. By making improvements to reporting methods and diagnostic tools, as well as creating a national advisory body that brings together patients, scientists, and policymakers, this legislation will make critical improvements to prevention and treatment methods.”

Ayotte said, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, New Hampshire had the second highest incidence rate of Lyme disease in the country.  Our legislation will help address this troubling statistic by creating a strong national effort to fight this disease, which is dangerous if untreated.  Our bill would create a Tick-Borne Diseases Committee comprised of physicians, scientific experts, patients, and Lyme advocates to focus on improving reporting methods, developing better diagnostic tools, ensuring better coordination of efforts, and working to improve prevention and treatment methods related to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.”

Joining Blumenthal and Ayotte as co-sponsors are U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Bob Casey (D-Penn.).

CDC estimates nearly 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease annually

95% of Lyme disease cases occur in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Vermont, Virginia, New Jersey, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin


  1. Bill Black says:

    Seriously, until the impediments and disincentives are removed to vaccine development, all of this is just posturing. Address the tort bar and liability claims, all else is just pretense at helping.

    • Dennis says:

      Helping is acknowledging that this is an issue and legislation is the first step. Today many people go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed so a vaccine is even a consideration. We have much work to do to understand the disease and how it manifests itself. Thanks for your interest in preventing Lyme.

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  3. More Senators from the West Coast need to support this act. Please do some outreach!

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  5. Brian says:

    Until the Cryme is fully exposed on how McSweegan, Fish, Steere falsified the testing, used a fake plasmid dropping strain for the WB, tried to use OspA (Pam3Cys) as a “vaccine” then patented “Lyme Disease” as only a swollen knee with IgM’s and IgG antibodies (only 15% of human population will produce those), will this CRYME be prosecuted. And ILADS docs refusing to acknowledge OspA and other fungal antigens reactivating ALL Herpes infections, shutting off APOPTOSIS, causing “B” cell damage and improper replication/depletion along with lymphoma/leukemia “like” disease without the proliferation.

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