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.
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.
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.
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.
December 25, 1991 |
The few empty corners of Cindy Hodgson's life were thoroughly filled last summer. She got Lyme disease. First there was a 105-degree fever. Then the Ardmore mother of two, athlete and graphics designer suffered facial paralysis, crippling arthritic pain and, finally, a complete loss of energy. It was different for Edward Angelo, 45, a Malvern real estate investor, bodybuilder and former professional singer. Lyme disease paralyzed his voice box and gave him a three-week headache so severe he felt like putting a power drill to his skull.
September 13, 1992 |
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts are using a parasitic wasp to help control the spread of Lyme disease. Scientists said they had infected deer ticks for the first time with a tiny, parasitic wasp. The work on islands off the Massachusetts coast promises a natural, self-perpetuating way to help combat the potentially crippling disease, which afflicts at least 9,300 people around the country. People develop Lyme disease from the bite of deer ticks, which feed on human blood.