“The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, a federal advisory committee established by Congress in the 21st Century Cures Act, issued its first report today. The report recommends a multi-pronged response to address these diseases that affect more than 300,000 Americans each year.
Top recommendations included increases in federal resources to meet urgent research and patient care needs, such as enhanced surveillance, prevention, diagnostic and treatment options. The Working Group identified the following priorities:
- Improve early and accurate diagnosis and treatment.
- Strengthen national surveillance.
- Understand immunological mechanism (for example, pathogen-host interaction) of immune protection for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.
- Develop new rapid and accurate lab tests.
- Develop antibiotic combination and/or therapeutic options for treating acute and persistent illness.
- Encourage the development of strategic plans for tick-borne disease federal investments.
- Dedicate funding to tick-borne diseases and evaluate related activities using performance indicators and clear metrics for success.
- Characterize how tick-borne disease affects U.S. national security, military readiness, and the health and wellness of active duty service members, veterans and their families.”
ASH Press Office. “Tick-Borne Disease Working Group Calls for More Resources for Research, Prevention, Diagnostics and Treatment.” U.S. Department of Health & Human Services