Following are three of the first articles published on the new Northern Rockies Lyme Disease Coalition website. We are gearing up to launch May 1.
The only anticipated on-line fanfare will be photographic (see requests below the article links) and real-life will include presence at the Mayday Project’s IDSA Rallies in Arlington, VA.
Following are just two of several well-stated statements and questions central to our challenges in Montana and the Northern Rockies:
- Major research gaps exist regarding geographic distribution, diagnosis, and treatment.
- What is the true geographic range of Lyme disease? Tick studies, the wide distribution of canine Lyme cases, along with other data raise questions.5,6 Incorrect assumptions lead to missed or delayed diagnosis.
ESTIMATING DISTRIBUTION, ABUNDANCE, AND MEDICAL-CARE-MIGRATION PATTERNS OF NORTHERN ROCKIES LYME DISEASE PATIENTS?
Not really. At least, not just yet.
But we are building a preliminary map, for which we currently need your assistance. If you have lived with or may have contracted Lyme disease in the Northern Rockies (MT, WY, ID, ND, SD, BC, ALBERTA, SASKATCHEWAN) please share the location here. (You can find other ways to help us in the short term, including awareness opportunities here and via other groups, by watching for related pages and requests, including our first request linked here.)
To answer the questions that matter most, we need to identify them and we need to frame them properly. Many of the most critical questions in regards to Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment in our region are not being asked (at least not when, where, or by whom they need to be), are not well framed, are based on poor assumptions, or are all of the above.
Read more about the Northern Rockies Lyme Disease Coalition ~ here ~ or visit the website, facebook page, or event page (for our photo, map, and May 1 launch outreaches and requests).
Learn more about Sharing photos (anyone, anywhere) or map locations (MT, WY, ID, ND, SD, Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan) via the photo-links below.