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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 46

(By Senators Foster, Stollings, Yost, Edgell and Unger)


Recognizing May as "Lyme Disease Awareness Month".
Whereas, The health and well-being of the citizens of the West Virginia is of the utmost importance; and
Whereas, With approximately 20,000 new cases reported each year, Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. Caused by the spirochete Borrelia Burgdorferi, Lyme disease is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected tick; and
Whereas, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease continues to be a rapidly emerging infectious disease and is the leading cause of all insect-borne illness in the United States; and
Whereas, In recent years, there has been an increased incidence of Lyme disease in West Virginia; and
Whereas, All West Virginians are encouraged to increase their education and awareness of the risks associated with Lyme disease in order to "Be Tick Free" and are reminded to take protective measures while in tick habitats and on returning from such habitats. Caution must be used in wooded or overgrown grassy areas by dressing in long pants and long-sleeved shirts, wearing light-colored clothing to spot ticks more easily, doing a complete body check at the end of the day, removing attached ticks promptly and considering the use of insect repellent; and
Whereas, Lyme disease can cause early symptoms such as a rash or flu-like symptoms, such as fever, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue; and
Whereas, If untreated, the disease can cause serious health complications for individuals who suffer from it, including musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiac problems; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Month of May is designated as "Lyme Disease Awareness Month"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Bureau for Public Health, Division of Health Promotion.
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