March 17, 1992 |
Ticks beware! The Montgomery County Health Department yesterday announced a seven-point initiative to attack Lyme disease. "This plan represents Montgomery County's efforts to launch an all-out offensive against Lyme disease," said health director Gary Gurian during a Board of Health meeting in Norristown. Hailed by local Lyme disease activists, the plan calls for epidemiological, environmental and educational programs. "It's pretty comprehensive," said Neil Goldstein, co-founder of the Lyme Project, a group that promotes awareness of the disease.
July 23, 1992 |
The Montgomery County Health Department is warning park visitors about the presence of deer ticks, which carry Lyme disease. Signs are posted in Lorimer Park in Abington, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Fort Washington State Park.
April 5, 1990 |
The incidence of Lyme disease in Montgomery County this year is expected to be at least 50 percent higher than last year, according to state health officials and a local Lyme disease watchdog group. Meanwhile, the reported incidence of rabies in the state so far this year is unchanged. State epidemiologist Dr. Bobby Jones said there was no way to predict what the figures would be by the end of the year. Montgomery County, which had the highest reported number of rabies cases last year, 83, has 10 cases so far this year.
June 30, 1988 |
Rachel Longstaff wants the world to know about Lyme disease. The Huntingdon Valley resident recently helped draft a letter to local, state and federal officials to request that they educate residents and doctors about the strange disease spread by tiny deer ticks that live in lawns and wooded areas. The letter was signed by 50 of Longstaff's neighbors and sent to the state Department of Health, the Bryn Athyn Board of Health, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, state Rep. Roy Cornell, state Sen. Stuart Greenleaf and Huntingdon Valley officials.
June 28, 1994 |
In a possible breakthrough in the diagnosis of Lyme disease, immunologists have pinpointed an antibody that the body produces within days of being exposed to the Lyme bacteria. The discovery could lead to a test that would quickly prove whether someone actually had the disease. Once diagnosed, the disease can usually be cured with antibiotics. This discovery "could lead more rapidly to effective treatment," said Steven E. Schutzer, an immunologist at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey who led the research team.
June 25, 1988 |
When Amy Jones moved to Huntingdon Valley in eastern Montgomery County last June, she looked forward to frolicking with her children on the grassy lawn of her tree-shaded back yard. A year later, however, her attention is focused not on recreation, but upon a strange disease spread by tiny deer ticks that has reached epidemic proportions along her street, Papermill Road. Both she and her daughters, Alanna and Adena, have suffered from the crimson rashes and flu-like symptoms of Lyme disease, an infectious ailment that can cause serious heart, nerve and arthritic disorders if not properly treated.
May 31, 1990 |
Lyme disease is spreading in Pennsylvania, especially in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, and the state Department of Agriculture has funded a three-year research project to find out where the sometimes-crippling illness is headed. "It is a major disease of concern," said Thomas Bast, an entomologist with the state Bureau of Forestry. A research team from Pennsylvania State University received $47,945 in January to identify areas infested by Ixodes dammini, the deer tick, said Karl Valley, an entomologist with the Agriculture Department.
July 29, 2013 |
After a long day of hair, makeup, and corsages - all that goes with prom - Kelly Simmons was still beaming when she posed with her two high school daughters. But when she pulled off her scarf for the camera, unaware of the red bump beneath, the other parents grimaced. "Of all the people in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, everyone thought I would be the last to have Lyme disease," said Simmons, a novelist who spends most of her time indoors. Nationally, Lyme disease is most rampant in parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, because of environments suited for the disease-transmitting ticks.
August 26, 1990 |
Even as Pennsylvania conditionally approved a canine vaccine for Lyme disease, an encouraging development for dog owners, state and local officials last week said that cases reported in humans are running roughly at or above the same high rate of last year. Preliminary figures compiled in Reading by the southeast district office of the State Department of Health and the independent department in Chester County show increases in cases in the three Main Line counties. Montgomery County, for example, has reported 106 cases of Lyme disease this year.
October 28, 2013 |
Stanley Plotkin, 81, creator of the rubella vaccine, hopes another vaccine can be made to vanquish Lyme disease. Plotkin's call for a new Lyme disease vaccine is also personal. In an op-ed piece for the New York Times this summer, Plotkin, a Doylestown resident and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, described how in 2005, his son, Alec, was felled with a heart ailment caused by Lyme. Although Alec has since recovered, Plotkin urged patients and physicians to contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and encourage the agency to make a Lyme vaccine a top priority.