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K-8 Poster Contest Winners

Below are the 2014 Tick Tock Poster Contest winners

Governor's Proclamation

Grace VanBuskirk

Kailee Cox

Moriah Hajduk poster

Katherine Freeman

Jillian tripp

2014 Governer's Proclaimation of May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to a person through the bite of an infected deer tick (Ixodes scapularis). Symptoms of Lyme disease include the formation of a characteristic expanding rash (erythema migrans, EM) 3-30 days after a tick bite. This rash occurs in approximately 70- 80%1 of patients nationally.   In Maine, EM is reported in just over 50% of patients, and Maine CDC feels that this number is lower than the actual occurrence.  Fever, headache, joint and muscle pains, and fatigue are also common during the first several weeks. Later features of Lyme disease can include arthritis in one or more joints (often the knee), Bell's palsy and other cranial nerve palsies, meningitis, and carditis (AV block). Lyme disease is rarely, if ever, fatal.

  1. The Presenting Manifestations of Lyme Disease and the Outcomes of Treatment. N Engl J Med 2003; 348:2472-2474, June 12, 2003.

History of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease gets its name from a small coastal town in Connecticut called Lyme. In 1975, a woman brought to the attention of Yale researchers an unusual cluster of more than 51 cases of mostly pediatric arthritis. In 1977, Dr. Allen Steere and Yale colleagues identified and named the 51 clusters “Lyme arthritis." In 1979, the name was changed to "Lyme disease," when Steere and colleague Dr. Steven Malawista discovered additional symptoms linked to the disease such as possible neurological problems and severe fatigue. In 1982 the cause of the disease was discovered by Dr. Willy Burgdorfer. Dr. Burgdorfer published a paper on the infectious agent of Lyme disease and earned the right to have his name placed on the Lyme disease spirochete now known as Borrelia burgdorferi.

Resources for Maine Residents

Resources for Educators:

Educational materials have been provided for a pilot tick education program for school nurses and 5th grade teachers. The program is called "Ticks: Know Your Enemy". Materials were assembled by the Maine Vector-borne Disease Working Group, Youth Education Subcommittee. These materials are also available to the general public.

Resources for Physicians

Lyme Disease Data

Reports and Publications

Recently Enacted Legislation Regarding Lyme Disease and Tick-borne illness

Public Law, Chapter 561, LD 2157, item 1, 123rd Maine State Legislature:  An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services Regarding Reporting on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Illnesses (http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_123rd/chappdfs/PUBLIC561.pdf)

  • Requires an annual Lyme Legislative report - 2014 Report

Resolve, Chapter 143 LD 1521, item 1, 123rd Maine State Legislature:  Resolve, To Provide Education Concerning and Insurance Coverage for Lyme Disease (http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_123rd/chappdfs/RESOLVE143.pdf)

Public Law, Chapter 494 LD 1709, item 1, 124th Maine State Legislature:  An Act to Enhance Public Awareness of Lyme Disease (http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_124th/chappdfs/PUBLIC494.pdf)

Public Law, Chapter 340, LD 597, 126th Maine State Legislature:  An Act to Inform Persons of the Options for the Treatment of Lyme Disease (http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0416&item=12&snum=126)

  • Acknowledges difficulty in diagnosing and treating Lyme disease
  • Information on risks of long term antibiotic therapy

External Links

Other Vector-borne Diseases