Representative Vicky Hartzler pushes to make May the national awareness month for Lyme Disease


MISSOURI.– Ticks are going to be seen more as the temperatures rise in Missouri. With those ticks comes the danger of tick borne illnesses like Lyme Disease.

Missouri representative Vicky Hartzler wants to make sure there’s more awareness for those illnesses.

She’s introduced a resolution to make May the national awareness month for Lyme Disease. Hartzler says so little is still known about Lyme Disease.

A press release from Hartzler said Lyme’s disease affects many people but so little is known about the disease. Educating the public on how dangerous the disease can be would help health care providers screen for the disease more often and help with more preventative measures. 

In the release Hartzler said, “Designating a special month to raise awareness will be a great step towards accomplishing this goal.”

Ticks become more active in May as the temperatures rise. New cases of Lyme’s disease are reported in all 50 states every year. Lyme’s disease can be very hard to diagnose and has no known cure.

Judy Campbell, President of the Lyme Association of Greater Kansas City said additional awareness and  prevention steps could help stop the problem. 

Campbell said, “For too long, thousands of Missourians have been afflicted by Lyme and Tick-Borne diseases and conditions in silence.” 

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