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SENATE RESOLUTION No. 1833, May 1, 2014, Kansas State Capitol, Topeka, KS
A RESOLUTION recognizing that Lyme disease is significantly underdiagnosed in the United States and supporting further Lyme disease research.
WHEREAS, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-transmitted disease in the United States, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledge that the number of cases reported annually represents only about one-tenth of the true number of cases. Approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are
reported to the CDC by state health departments each year. However, other studies of the disease suggest that the number of people actually diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is around 300,000, leaving approximately 270,000 cases unreported; and
WHEREAS, Lyme disease is most common among boys aged five to 19, with this age group being affected at three times the average rate of all other age groups. Around Senator Carolyn McGinn 25% of all reported cases of Lyme disease are children; and
WHEREAS, Lyme disease is undiagnosed in many Americans due to the lack of an accurate screening test,
no standard presentation, a lack of reliable tick and tick-borne disease studies and many other reasons; and
WHEREAS, The screening test recommended by the CDC fails to detect 50% or more of Lyme disease
cases, and strain variations complicate the testing; and
WHEREAS, Lyme disease can present in a variety of ways. One common sign of Lyme disease is the
presentation of a red bull's-eye rash on the skin near the tick bite mark. However, only approximately 30% of
Lyme disease patients present with this symptom. Lyme disease is known as "The New Great Imitator,"
because it can be misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, chronic fatigue