Rep. Patterson Urges Common-Sense Updates To CDC Guidance On Lyme Disease
Legislator introduces resolution to improve definitions, best practices
March 25, 2014
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State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced that he introduced a resolution on Friday to urge the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve definitions of Lyme disease symptoms and best practices for diagnosis and treatment.

“A number of my constituents brought to my attention that Lyme disease has a track record of being misdiagnosed,” said Rep. Patterson. “Testing for this disease needs improvement, and infectious disease specialists look to the CDC for guidance. Too many are suffering unnecessarily, and the CDC has the ability to change that.”

Rep. Patterson’s resolution would urge the CDC to:

-Provide lab testing or funding for lab testing for Lyme disease in humans
-Better educate the public and healthcare professionals on Lyme disease
-Improve reporting techniques for Lyme disease
-Update definitions of Lyme disease symptoms by clinical diagnosis
-Reconsider standards and best practice for treating Lyme disease

Rep. Patterson is also working with infectious disease experts to introduce legislation that would require healthcare providers to give a written statement to their patients indicating that the Lyme disease test could produce false negative or false positive results. It would also require veterinarians to report Lyme-carrying ticks that are found on pets to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). ODH would use that data to better determine where Lyme-carrying ticks are throughout the state. The separate bill will likely be introduced within the next several weeks.

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