Nashua Legislator’s Lyme Disease Awareness Bill Becomes Law
Annual Designation of May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month Receives Governor’s Signature
Concord---Thanks to the efforts of Representative Pamela T. Brown (r-Nashua), the month of May will, from this point forward, be officially known as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in New Hampshire. Along with co-sponsors, Rep. Susan Emeson (r-Rindge) and Sen. Gary Daniels (r-Milford), Rep. Brown convinced her colleagues in the General Court of the importance of passing legislation (HB363) that would help educate the people of the Granite State about the dangers of the disease.
“With the signing of this bill today by the governor, New Hampshire steps forward as a leader in Lyme Disease awareness,” said Rep. Brown “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our state has been in the top three states reporting incident rates of Lyme disease since 2006. For this reason alone, Lyme Disease awareness and education is crucial to the well-being of our citizens, especially our children, who are the most vulnerable,” she added.
According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the number of reported cases of Lyme disease in New Hampshire has doubled since 2006. The CDC has also indicated that the State of New Hampshire had the highest per capita incidence rate reported in 2008 and 2012 and the second highest in 22013. Lyme disease affects the joints, heart, brain, and other bodily organs and shares common symptoms with many other diseases, which can make diagnosis and treatment more difficult. The legislation, which took effect immediately upon the signing by the governor today, also instructs the commissioner of health and human servi ces to include a link to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (www.ILADS.org) on its website.
“These are the rewards of creating a partnership between the House and the Senate, between the Lyme community and state agencies, hopefully to bridge the gap of controversy regarding Lyme Disease so we can work together to find a solution for the well-being of our citizens,” concluded Rep. Brown.