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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H. R.  15

House resolution urging Congress to enact the “Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease, Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2007”

Offered by:  Representatives Shaw of Derby, Acinapura of Brandon, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Anderson of Montpelier, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Bray of New Haven, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Condon of Colchester, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Head of S. Burlington, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Johnson of Canaan, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Livingston of Manchester, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Peterson of Williston, Potter of Clarendon, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown and Zenie of Colchester

Whereas, Lyme disease is a common, but frequently misunderstood, illness that, if not caught early and treated properly, can cause serious health problems, and

Whereas, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is usually transmitted by a tick bite, and early signs of infection may include a rash and flue-like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, headaches, and fatigue, and

Whereas, although Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics if caught early, frequently, it is undetected because the disease mimics other illnesses or may be misdiagnosed, and

Whereas, because this bacterial infection can affect many different organs and organ systems, Lyme disease can lead to severe heart, neurological, eye, and joint problems, and

Whereas, the ticks that spread Lyme disease also spread other diseases such as ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis, even though Lyme Disease does account for 95 percent of all vector-borne infections in the United States, and

Whereas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the Lyme-disease reported cases are only 10 percent of actual cases that meet its surveillance criteria, and

Whereas, because there is a persistence of symptomatology in many persons who have contracted Lyme disease, without reliable testing, it is much more difficult to treat its victims, and

Whereas, the “Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2007” would advance the treatment of and cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases by expanding federally supported prevention, education, treatment, and research activities related to Lyme and other tick‑borne diseases; authorizing an annual $20 million appropriation for fiscal years 2008 through 2012 for these activities; requiring the secretary of health and human services to report each year to Congress on these activities, including recommendations for further research and education, and establishing a Tick‑Borne Diseases Advisory Committee within the office of the secretary of health and human services, and

Whereas, Lyme disease is of particular concern to residents of New England, including Vermont to which the disease, which was previously reported more frequently in southern New England, has now spread, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That this body urges Congress to enact the “Lyme and Tick‑Borne Disease, Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2007,” and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the President of the United States and to the members of the Vermont congressional delegation.





              Attested to:




Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                              Clerk, House of Representatives       

                                                                      Date:  April 10, 2007


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont