Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Representing the 18th District of California

Eshoo Joins 18th Congressional District Advocates to Support Research on Lyme Disease

October 22, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) addressed constituents, advocates, doctors, leading disease experts, and Members of Congress at the Center for Lyme Action’s Congressional Forum.

“Lyme disease is a debilitating condition, and it’s one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States with over 300,000 new cases diagnosed every year,” Rep. Eshoo said. “I’m proud to have created a working group of federal government experts to review existing research and identify gaps in our understanding of tick-borne diseases. While the progress we’ve made on Lyme disease is promising, we must deliver on better prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and access to care.”

Rep. Eshoo spoke at the Center for Lyme Action’s Congressional briefing on Lyme disease at the invitation of the Center for Lyme Action and the Bay Area Lyme Foundation (BALF). According to BALF, infected ticks were found in 42 of the 58 counties in California. Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States and Europe, with an estimated 329,000 cases contracted each year in the U.S.

Rep. Eshoo championed a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act to establish a tick-borne disease working group at the Department of Health and Human Services to review existing research and identify gaps in the medical community’s understanding of Lyme disease. The working group released a report in 2018 which provides a roadmap of where federal agencies need to focus their efforts to secure breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. You can read a copy of their report HERE.

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