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Proposed Federal Law to Raise Lyme Disease Awareness, Fund Research

Wednesday, August 26, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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Lyme diseaseWASHINGTON, D.C - Pennsylvania regularly ranks among the top one or two states in diagnosed cases of Lyme disease. And the landscape and nursery industry ranks among the most susceptible occupations to contracting Lyme disease.

Government researchers say the tick-borne infection affects about 10 times as many Americans as previously indicated by confirmed case reports. About 329,000 cases of Lyme disease occur every year, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in their analysis of a nationwide health insurance claims database for 2005 through 2010. The data showed that almost 107 cases of Lyme disease occur annually for every 100,000 people in the United States.

The geographic region affected by Lyme disease has also expanded. Expansion is likely due to the spread of the mice, birds and deer that carry the ticks. Today we’re calling on the federal government to take a more proactive role to help find answers to the many questions surrounding the disease. More funding is needed for research. Given Lyme’s reach into many states and its growing prevalence, a comprehensive approach is warranted.

Urge your U.S. Senators co-sponsor S. 1503: "Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2015.” Click here to go to the National Association of Landscape Professionals website to email your Senator. It only takes a few minutes.

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