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Weaponized Cirtus

The E.P.A. has approved nootkatone, a safe and effective tick repellent found in cedars and grapefruit. It repels ticks, mosquitoes and other dangerous bugs for hours, but is safe enough to eat. This has added a new weapon to the fight against insect-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and malaria.

Diseases caused by the bites of ticks, mosquitoes and fleas have tripled in the United States in the last 15 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a 2018 report. They include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever from ticks; West Nile, dengue, Zika and chikungunya from mosquitoes; and plague from fleas.

The chemical repels mosquitoes, ticks, bedbugs and fleas — and, in high concentrations, kills them, according to the C.D.C. It may also be effective against lice, sandflies, midges and other pests, some of which can carry lethal diseases.

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TOUCHED BY LYME: House approves increased funding for Lyme disease

The House of Representatives approved a minibus package of spending bills on Friday, including 20 million dollars for Lyme research and prevention for the fiscal year of 2021, a 43% increase over this year, representing nearly half of the 42 million dollars allocated by the bill to combat vector-borne illnesses overall. The bill will likely not be taken up by the Senate until after the election, but this is still a good day for Lyme patients. 

Project Lyme is a charter member of Center For Lyme Action, the Advocacy group that was behind this effort.

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What happens when coronavirus and Lyme disease intersect? It’s a scary time for patients

With overlapping symptoms and a ferocious tick season already upon us, we’re in for a confusing — and dangerous — summer. Read how Project Lyme Board Member Isabel Rose advises you protect yourself this tick season.

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‘She’s Being Discriminated Against’: League Says Two-Time MVP’s Health Issues Not Serious Enough For Opt-Out

Elena Delle Donne’s request to opt out of the upcoming season was denied. Project Lyme was reached for a statement on why disinformation from the CDC is detrimental to the Lyme community.

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