Moose Under Threat

Ursula 3_156The following story was written by Ursula Jongebloed, a first-year Dartmouth College student who frequently leads trips in the Northeast with the Dartmouth Outing Club. Ursula is originally from Menlo Park, California, and has friends from all over the country who have been diagnosed with Lyme disease after being bitten by ticks during outdoor adventures.

Each year during winter term, the Dartmouth Outing Club leads a weekend outing to the Second College Grant, a 27,000-acre area of wilderness given to the college by the state of New Hampshire in 1807. On the last night of the trip, the thirty students gather around a wood stove in the center of a log cabin to listen to older members of the Dartmouth Outing Club speak. This year, the speaker was Kevin Evans, the Director of Woodlands Management for Dartmouth’s Second College Grant.

I Just Discovered a Tick Bite, Now What?

iPhoneTextI just found a tick on [Sam]. I pulled it out and it was still alive and I wonder if I should be worried about Lyme. He said it had been bothering him for a few days now. Yikes! Have you had this happen before? Should I take him to the doctor? Do you think he might have Lyme disease???

A few weeks ago at 9:30 pm one evening, I received the above text from a good friend who had discovered a tick on her eight-year old son’s neck just under his hairline and wasn’t sure if she should be rushing straight to the ER. The area around the bite had become quite red and irritated and the tick appeared to be engorged, though having never encountered a tick before and having hastily flushed the tick down the toilet after removing it (“nasty critter!”), my friend also could not be 100% certain it was in fact a “deer tick” (common name for the Lyme-carrying western blacklegged tick). Worse still, we had several mutual connections who had been recently diagnosed with Lyme after encountering infected ticks in the hills and woods of the Santa Cruz mountains, here on the San Francisco peninsula, so the fear was genuine.

Fight Lyme Disease. Spread the Word!!

Sarah Herbert_Backpack_250Recently we received this letter from a young Lyme sufferer who took the initiative and leveraged her frustration from battling Lyme disease and the hope that her recent diagnosis has now brought to create this powerful educational video about the disease and how to stay safe.

Sarah H. was diagnosed with Lyme in 2014 after battling the symptoms for more than 20 years without an accurate diagnosis. You can read more about her personal Lyme story here on our Faces of Lyme feature and see another of her prevention videos.

Wilke Lyme Disease Project to Focus on Chronic Lyme

The Wilke Lyme Disease Project is a three-year study that will leverage the tools and technologies of systems biology to understand the fundamentals of Lyme disease, identify biomarkers, and gain insights about the genomics and proteomics of the infecting Borrelia organism. This project was made possible through the award of $2.13 million in transformational gifts to the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington, from Jeff and Liesl Wilke, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, and the Bay Area Lyme Foundation.

Act Now! 30-day Public Comment Period on Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines

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The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) are jointly developing a systematic review and guideline on treatment of Lyme disease.

The 30-day open Public Comment period on the Lyme Disease Guideline Project Plan started March 8 through April 9.During the Public Comment period, anyone may comment on any aspect of the Plan, including the methodology and development process utilized as well as adherence to the IOM standards. Please see here for more details.

Tick Encounter–Learning Through Experience

Marin Cty Outdoor_George Stratman_312b_DSC_0584GUEST BLOG: The following story about a recent tick encounter was shared by George Stratman, Principal of the Marin County Outdoor School at Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, CA.

As part of Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s educational outreach, staff visit and work with school teachers, camp counselors, and administrators throughout the Bay Area, providing instructional materials and tools and support for program development.

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Every week, a new group of approximately 180-200 fifth- or sixth-grade students arrives at Walker Creek Ranch for a week of what is most commonly known as “outdoor education” – a highlight of the fifth and sixth-grade years for many students and their teachers. Walker Creek Ranch, Marin County’s Outdoor School, is in a stunning setting, surrounded by hills rolling gently out toward the Pacific Ocean, and boasting woodlands, ponds, and an abundance of wildlife. The school serves over 5,000 California school children each year with a dedicated team of naturalists, teachers, and support staff, all of whom put the health and safety of our student visitors as the top priority.

Prompt & Proper Tick Removal Key to Preventing Lyme Disease

TickHow long does it take for a tick bite to cause infection? If I remove the tick within 24 hours, am I safe? What about 72 hours? What if I just found the tick but don’t know when it first attached? These questions and many more come up all the time, particularly here in California where tick and Lyme disease awareness are just beginning to grow.

Standard protocol has been to consider the risk quite low if the tick is removed within a 24-72 hour window. However, in this study by the California Lyme Disease Association and the Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District, the authors point out the importance of early and proper removal of any and all ticks. Bacterial transmission has occurred in as little as 6 hours.  

Common Allergy Medication May Be Effective In Starving and Killing the Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease


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Common Allergy Medication May Be Effective In Starving and Killing the Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease According to New Study

Study Offers Insights Into Metabolic Activity of Borrelia burgdorferi and May Lead to First Targeted Therapy for Lyme Disease

Portola Valley, CA — A new study funded by the Bay Area Lyme Foundation and conducted by Stanford School of Medicine researchers shows that loratadine, which is a common antihistamine frequently taken to treat allergy symptoms, may be able to help kill Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria associated with Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a potentially debilitating condition with 300,000 new cases in the US each year. The study was published in the Open Access publication Drug Design, Development and Therapy.

Bay Area Lyme Foundation Announces Scientific Advisory Board Appointments


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Bay Area Lyme Foundation Announces Scientific Advisory Board Appointments

National Organization Selects Key Researchers and Clinicians to Help Move Forward the Mission of Making Lyme Disease Easy to Diagnose and Simple to Cure

Portola Valley, CABay Area Lyme Foundation, the leading national nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research, today announced the Bay Area Lyme Foundation Scientific Advisory Board members who will aid the organization in achieving the mission of making Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure. Consisting of some of the country’s leading Lyme researchers, the board was specifically developed to include researchers and clinicians from across the US who play a critical role in obtaining a better understanding of Lyme disease in the lab and in clinical practice. Lyme disease is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the US, a potentially debilitating condition that impacts 300,000 Americans each year.

Sasquatch Racing Trail Series Partners with Bay Area Lyme Foundation


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Sasquatch Racing Trail Series Partners with Bay Area Lyme Foundation

San Francisco, CA – Leading Bay Area trail racing series, Sasquatch Racing, is proud to announce the Bay Area Lyme (BAL) Foundation as a presenting sponsor for their 2015 racing season. The Bay Area Lyme Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to making Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure.