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Ann-Ohio
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Finally a thorough analysis of Lyme disease and its severity published
by our military for our military personnel.
With this journal title, I am sure it is widely read by all ranks.

By Montgomery McFate, Joint Force Quarterly 100 / Published February 16, 2021


https://www.16af.af.mil/News/Article/2505283/the-myths-of-lyme-disease-separating-fact-from-fiction-for-military-personnel/

[ 02-22-2021, 11:09 AM: Message edited by: Ann-Ohio ]

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Last paragraph: (I split it up for easier reading)

New basic research into Lyme disease and the repurposing of old drugs such as disulfiram provide some hope for Lyme patients.

At the moment, however, there is no cure and no easy treatment for this serious and debilitating disease.

Given the dire health consequences, the poor diagnostic tools, the effects of climate change in increasing tick habitats,

and the endemic nature of the disease in geographical areas where the military lives, works, and plays,

Lyme should be a serious concern for the entire joint force.

At the moment, unfortunately, the Department of Defense (DOD) has dedicated scant resources to fighting Lyme and associated diseases.

As noted above, DOD participates in the U.S. Government Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, and Lyme is one of the congressionally directed medical research programs.58

However, DOD has dedicated only $900,000 in fiscal year 2020 to supporting basic research on Lyme and other tickborne diseases.59

In terms of Lyme prevention, beginning in 2013, the Army began issuing Army combat uniforms (ACUs) treated with permethrin (an insect repellent),60 which is an important step in the prevention of tick bites.

However, any comprehensive program to counter tickborne diseases must also include
chemical pest control,
testing ticks for pathogens,
landscape management,
public education,
and targeting reservoir hosts such as deer and mice.

To date, there is no comprehensive tickborne disease education and prevention program that targets the entire joint defense enterprise,

and there definitely should be. JFQ

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Great read and encouraging!

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Do not take this as medical advice. This comment is based on opinion and personal experience only.

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Thanks, Akinwlf!

I like the way this article is written with great headings of Myths about Lyme disease and good clarifications as to why they are false- plus great quotes (set off in italics ) from service people who have suffered Lyme disease.

Easy to scan through and gain a lot!

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Thanks for the article.
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You are so welcome, Marie.

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Well the army used to guard the underground lab at Mammoth cave so they should know the truth.
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You are so right, Maddog! A good friend contracted Lyme disease while working there.

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