TOUCHED BY LYME: A "Manhattan project" for Lyme disease?
A prominent Lyme-treating physician from New York calls for an all-out effort to combat the Lyme epidemic.
The “Manhattan project” was the code name for the all-out effort by the US government and its allies to develop an atom bomb during World War 2. Now, an important Lyme doctor in New York is calling for government officials and others to put forth a similar all-out effort to combat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
Writing in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Dr. Kenneth Leigner says this should be of particular concern to New Yorkers:
By total numbers of cases, New Yorkers have been more heavily impacted by this tick-borne scourge than citizens of any other state in the nation. All strata of society are being seriously affected, including children. Many ill with Lyme disease have had their lives derailed. With the passage of time and without proper treatment, the condition worsens and can result in progressive debilitation and disability. Unable to work or pay taxes, such individuals may end up drawing disability benefits. Their illnesses are a financial burden to themselves, their families, private health insurers and, through Medicare SSI and Medicaid, to state and federal governments.
Leigner cites the need for better tick control, better testing, more effective treatments, and better physician training. He continues:
Most problems have solutions, but in order to address them, they must be acknowledged. If we could put a man on the moon, we can solve the problems posed by Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. We just need the will to do so.
TOUCHED BY LYME is written by Dorothy Kupcha Leland, LymeDisease.org’s VP for Education and Outreach. Contact her at email@example.com.