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February 19, 2013
Lyme Disease Testing
Awareness Bill, House Bill 1933, Passes Virginia House of Delegates and State
Today in the House of Delegates, House Bill 1933, the "Lyme Disease Information
Disclosure Act," passed 56-40 and will now be sent to Governor McDonnell to
physicians to provide disclosure to people who are tested for Lyme Disease.
disclosure statement informs those who have taken a Lyme Disease test, that
there is a high rate of false negatives. Early detection of Lyme Disease is
critical to successfully treating Lyme Disease and its co-infections.
Although results rendered by commercial laboratories already bear
disclaimers warning that the results may yield false negatives thus requiring
additional testing, generally these disclosures are not seen by the patients.
The Lyme Disease Testing Information Disclosure Act will ensure that this
critical information will get to the hands of all patients being tested for Lyme
Delegate Barbara Comstock
released the following statement:
passage of House Bill 1933 is a great step in raising awareness about this
terrible disease and the high incidence of patients receiving false negative
tests for Lyme. I have heard from many of my constituents about how they or
someone in their life suffers from Lyme Disease."
often, they go untreated and undiagnosed for months and even years. I'm pleased
that we were able to pass this bill which focuses on getting information about
testing problems directly to patients so they can seek additional testing, if
necessary, as well as appropriate treatment," said Delegate Comstock.
National Capital Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Association, an organization with
over 3,000 members, including eleven chapters covering the entire state of
Virginia endorses the bill. http://www.natcaplyme.org/chapters/. "We
thank Delegate Comstock for her strong leadership in getting the bill through
the General Assembly. We appreciate Delegates Hugo, Edmunds, Keam, Ramadan,
Marshall, and Minchew for speaking on the floor in favor of the bill. We also
thank Senator Dick Black (R-13) for his assistance in passage of this bill in
the State Senate."
symptoms of Lyme Disease may include headache, stiff neck, fever, muscle aches,
and fatigue. If left untreated or treatment is delayed, the disease can become
chronic with serious, debilitating complications. A few examples include: joint
pain and swelling, heart disease; neurological problems such as Bell's palsy,
dizziness, irritability, ADHD-like symptoms, cognitive dysfunction, muscle
weakness and neuropathy.