PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a leading sponsor of Lyme disease
"This document represents an important first step by the U.S. federal government to recognize the need to better address tick-borne diseases," said Wendy Adams, Research Grant Director, Bay Area Lyme Foundation and Member, Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. "These recommendations make the powerful point that significant increases in federal government funding for tick-borne disease research are required before we can truly diagnose and treat tick-borne infections."
While there are nearly 10 times as many people diagnosed each year with Lyme than HIV in the U.S., Lyme disease receives approximately 1% of the public funding that is allocated for HIV/AIDS.
Lyme and other tick-borne disease can be disabling, and even life-threatening. The activities and recommendations included in the HHS report, which has just been submitted to the HHS Secretary and Congress, offers insights into gaps, opportunities and potential actions to be considered, related to Lyme and other tick-borne disease. The Working Group recommendations are numerous, and while they are all important, Bay Area Lyme Foundation (BAL) highlights below the recommendations that the Foundation believes can be most impactful.
"We applaud HHS for its significant actions to increase awareness, education and research related to Lyme disease," remarked Linda Giampa, Executive Director, Bay Area Lyme Foundation. "For over six years, Bay Area Lyme Foundation has put forth tremendous efforts in these areas. We are grateful that HHS is taking seriously its charge to identify the numerous gaps in knowledge, and hope that these recommendations will lead to an increase of funding for tick-borne disease programs."
About Lyme Disease
One of the most common infectious diseases in the country, Lyme disease is a potentially disabling infection caused by bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected tick to people and pets. If caught early, most cases of Lyme disease can be effectively treated, but it is commonly misdiagnosed due to lack of awareness and unreliable diagnostic tests. There are about 329,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year, according to statistics released in 2015 by the CDC. As a result of the difficulty in diagnosing and treating Lyme disease, as many as one million Americans may be suffering from the impact of its debilitating long-term symptoms and complications, according to Bay Area Lyme Foundation estimates.
About Bay Area Lyme Foundation
Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a national organization committed to making Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure, is the leading public not-for-profit sponsor of innovative Lyme disease research in the US. A 501c3 non-profit organization based in Silicon Valley, Bay Area Lyme collaborates with world-class scientists and institutions to accelerate medical breakthroughs for Lyme disease. It is also dedicated to providing reliable, fact-based information so that prevention and the importance of early treatment are common knowledge. A pivotal donation from The Laurel Foundation covers all overhead costs and allows for 100% of all donor contributions to Bay Area Lyme Foundation to go directly to research and prevention programs. For more information about Lyme disease or to get involved, visit www.bayarealyme.org or call us at 650-530-2439.
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