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DE Legislation To Study Lyme Disease Heads To The House

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DOVER, Del. - The Senate reportedly passed legislation this week, by Sen. Ernie Lopez (R-Lewes), that would ramp up the state's efforts to combat Lyme disease.

According to reports, lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted primarily by ticks. Left untreated, the disease can reportedly cause problems in the joints, heart and central nervous system.

Officials say Sen. Lopez's legislation would create the Lyme Disease Prevention Task force, made up of lawmakers, representatives from the Department of Health and Social Services, Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Department of Education, the Delaware Economic and Development Office, as well as members of the public. The panel would reportedly coordinate its efforts with state medical, health care and education professionals to develop a statewide model for education, treatment and prevention.

If treated early, in most cases, the infection and its symptoms can reportedly be eliminated by antibiotics, but delayed treatment can lead to more serious and disabling health issues.

The measure now heads to the House for a vote before it can be signed into law. If it becomes law, the panel would reportedly have until June 1, 2015 to report its findings and recommendations back to the General Assembly.

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