Archive for June, 2011

Ticks win in fight over budget

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Healthcare access and burden of care for patients with Lyme disease: A large United States survey

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Humans Beware – The following maps highlight the number of reported positive cases of ehrlichiosis (E. canis), Lyme disease, heartworm disease and anaplasmosis in dogs across all regions of the United States and Canada. Because so many dogs go untested for tick-borne diseases, the actual number of dogs infected by ticks is likely many times higher than what is shown here.

The pain of Bartonella- Scientists study bacteria known to cause trench, cat scratch fever

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
By Sarah Avery / McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Published: June 03. 2010 4:00AM PST

RALEIGH, N.C. — A bacterial infection typically spread by fleas, lice and biting flies could be more prevalent than many think, and may have been transmitted from a mother to her children at birth, scientists from N.C. State University say.

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NC DHHS Works To Educate NC Physicians

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

NC DHHS conducted a Continuing Education Symposium in March 2011 to raise awareness that lyme disease can be acquired in North Carolina.

Letter to  North Carolina Medical Providers Concerning Lyme Disease

Letter to  North Carolina Medical Providers Concerning Tick Borne Rickettsial Diseases

North Carolina Govenor Perdue Issues Proclamation

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Govenor Perdue Issues Proclamation for Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month

Lyme disease Awareness Proclamations for 2011

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Letter from Dave Tierney, co-founder of CarolinaLyme, to local government officials urging them to issue proclamations for lyme disease awareness in North Carolina. If you have been affected by this disease we urge to join the effort and contact your local officials .


Dear Mayors, Town Managers, City Clerks and Council members,

My name is Lt Col Dave Tierney (USMC Ret) and I am helping to spread the word about Lyme disease in North Carolina.  Ever since the North Carolina Division of Public Health issued their Lyme disease warning last May (attached) I’ve been asking local leaders to spread the word to their residents by getting as many towns and cities to participate in awareness proclamations.  This effort has helped tremendously in increasing the public awareness of not only Lyme disease, but in all diseases transmitted by ticks here in our state.  Besides Lyme disease, North Carolina leads the nation in reported cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and averages nearly 2 deaths every year from tick-related disease.

Last summer I wrote to you about issuing a proclamation for Lyme disease awareness.  75 towns and cities in North Carolina responded and issued a Lyme disease proclamation last year.  This was a tremendous achievement over 2009 when 18 proclamations were issued.  This year we are looking for 100.  The complete list of towns and cities who issued proclamations in 2010:

Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly-Springs, Morrisville, Wendell, Knightdale, Rolesville, Garner, Winston-Salem, Asheboro, Boone, Statesville, Burlington, Wake Forest, Mint Hill, High Point, Emerald Isle, Concord, Zebulon, Pittsboro, Mount Airy, Leland, Summerfield, Rocky Mount, Winterville, Youngsville, Hendersonville, Morehead City ,North Topsail Beach, Hildebran, Fuquay-Varina, Caswell Beach, Roanoke Rapids, Greenville, Indian Trails, Oak Ridge, Granite Quarry, Smithfield, Summerfield, Angier, Wentworth, North State, Hillsborough, Village of Clemmons, Havelock, Kill Devil Hills, Middlesex, Bayboro, Carolina Beach, Benson, Shelby, Kure Beach, Thomasville, Yanceyville, Huntersville, Swansboro, Surf City, Selma, Carrboro, Greensboro, White Lake, Tarboro, Harrisburg, Valdese, Pineville, Troutman, Bayboro, Matthews, Kure Beach, Washington, Jacksonville, Seven Devils, Liberty and Durham.

Over 900 cases of actual or suspected Lyme disease were reported to our Division of Public Health by physicians during 2010.  This number continues to rise every year (711 reported in 2009) and the most effective way to reduce the spread of this disease, as stated by health department officials, is by prevention through education and awareness of our residents. Recognition by our towns and cities, through proclamations, helps reach individuals and government officials who may not otherwise be aware of the health risks associated with Lyme and other tick-related diseases.  Up till last year many doctors and health officials would not recognize the fact that residents were contracting Lyme disease within our state and it was believed that only those who traveled up North could contract Lyme.  Thus, residents presenting with symptoms we not diagnosed or treated promptly if they had not travel outside our state.  But this view has now changed.  However, many health care professionals and residents are not aware of this change and proclamations are one tool which can help spread the word.

I am again asking that your Town/City issue another Lyme disease Awareness Proclamation for 2011.  With the dramatic reduction in state and federal funds available to promote awareness programs, education awareness through the use of these proclamations reaches many residents and can be instrumental in both reducing exposure and preventing future cases of Lyme disease among NC residents.  I am respectfully asking that you issue a proclamation for Lyme disease Awareness Month for the month of July or August, 2011.

I stand ready to offer any assistance you may require to complete this project or to answer any questions you or your staff may have.


Our goal this year is 100 towns/cities in North Carolina.  Thank you.


Lt.Col Dave Tierney USMC (RET)