Legislation Aims to Fight Lyme Disease Using National Strategy
A new bill would help fund research and speed up diagnosis on the disease.
An effort to fight 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 Dover Board of Health Lyme Disease Committee discussed preparedness and a possible controlled burn in Dover to curtail tick population.
Then, in October, Dover's second annual deer culling program 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 early start to deer tick season in the area.
Just last month, on June 4, author Katina Makris made a special visit to the Dover Town Library to discuss her memoir and guide on how to heal the mind, body and spirit from chronic Lyme disease.
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