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Updated 3/21/07

Help Needed From All Connecticut Residents on Bill
#5747- introduced by Jason Bartlett (D-Danbury, Bethel, Redding) asks for the reinstatement of
mandatory lab reporting of Lyme disease.

Dear Connecticut Residents,

The PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE needs to hear from you!
Take a few moments to act on this very important action!

Anyone who has friends or family from Windsor or
Windsor Locks for Representative Peggy Sayers, or Bolton, Glastonbury,Manchester, and Marlborough for
Senator Mary Ann Handley who would be willing to emaildirectly and ask them to allow this bill to be brought up for a vote, needsto call them now. They need to hear from their constituents!!

THANK YOU ALL for the emails and phone calls to
support Bill # 5747. Contacting the Public Health Committee members is working. They are listening!!!
But, there's one more hurdle.

The co-chairs of the committee must be convinced to
bring #5747 up for a vote by THIS FRIDAY THE 23RD!
Even though we know many members of the Public Health
Committee are behind us, it is now in the hands of the co-chairs whether or not this comes to a vote.

MEMBERS OF THE PHC need to know that this bill is not
scheduled for a vote. It is up to Senator Mary Ann Handley and
Representative Peggy Sayers, co-chairs of the committee, to decide what gets voted upon; Bill #5747
has NOT been chosen. Voting starts this FRIDAY March 23!

It's time to let your representatives know that wewant LYME TO COUNT!!!!!

As of January 1, 2003 the CT Department of Public Health discontinued mandatory lab reporting in CT. There were 4631 cases of Lyme disease reported in CT in 2002, 1403 reported in the true story of this disease in Connecticut. .

Please continue to phone and email all Public HealthCommittee
legislators to:

Request that Bill #5747 be brought up for a vote!
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! If your representative is on the
PHC it is even more critical that they hear from you.

Tell them why this bill is so important:

~ Residents of Connecticut and the governing body
need to know the true threat Lyme disease is to our state. Physicians will never take Lyme seriously if they are not given the true numbers.
~ The federal government relies on accurate statistics
to determine risk of a disease and allocate research dollars. A federal bill has been introduced that would allocate 100 million dollars over five years for Lyme disease; we know it is the number of Lyme disease cases that will be looked at
when allocating these dollars.
~ These numbers are also important to the general
public to ensure they take prevention measures seriously. Misleading numbers imply Lyme disease
is no longer a threat; we know this is not true.
~ The Connecticut Department of Public Health has been
negligent in protecting the citizens of CT against the threat of
Lyme disease; it is time to demand this protection by mandating legislation
.
THE DPH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TRACKING INFECTIOUS
DISEASES THAT THREATEN CONNECTICUT CITIZEN’S WHETHER OR NOT A VACCINE TRIAL IS INVOLVED

Please feel free to send any questions to
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

LINKS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE MEMBERS

PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE

Handley, Mary Ann
Bolton, Glastonbury, Manchester, Marlborough
Co-Chair
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Sayers, Peggy
Windsor, Windsor Locks
Co-Chair
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Ritter, Elizabeth B.
Waterford, Montville
Vice Chair
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Slossberg, Gayle S.
Milford, Orange, W Haven
Vice Chair
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Roraback, Andrew W.
Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent,
Litchfield, Morris,N
Milford, N
Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren,
Washington, Winchester
Ranking Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Carson, Mary Ann
Kent, New Fairfield, New
Milford, Sherman
Ranking Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Coleman, Eric D.
Bloomfield, Hartford, Windsor
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Fasano, Leonard A.
E Haven, N Haven & Wallingford
Member
[email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected])


Stillman, Andrea L.
E Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Lyme, Old
Saybrook, Salem,
Waterford
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Aldarondo, David
Waterbury
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Ayala, Andres
Bridgeport
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Bye, Beth
Avon, Farmington, W Hartford
Member
[email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected])

Christ, Michael A.
E Hartford & S Windsor
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Christiano, Tom F.
Fairfield, Trumbull
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Fahrbach, Ruth C.
Suffield, Windsor, E Granby
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Giegler, Janice R.
Danbury, New Milford
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Heinrich, Deborah W.
Guilford & Madison
Member
[email protected]_ct.gov_
(mailto:[email protected])

Hetherington, John W.
New Canaan, Wilton
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Hurlburt, Bryan
Tolland, Wallingford, Ashford
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Klarides, Themis
Durby, Orange, Woodbridge
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Malone, Jack
Canterbury, Norwich, Scotland & Sprague
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Nardello, Vickie Orsini
Bethany, Cheshire & Prospect
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

O'Brien, Tim
New Britain, Newington
Member
[email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected])


Olson, Melissa M.
Norwich
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Panaroni, Peter J.
Branford
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Ryan, Kevin
Bozrah, Franklin, Lebanon & Montville
Member
[email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected])

Scribner, David A.
Bethel, Brookfield
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Tercyak, Peter A.
New Britain
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Wasserman, Julia B.
Newtown
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

Widlitz, Patricia M.
Branford & Guilford
Member
[email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected])

For the Public Health Committee Website go to:
_http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/MemberList.asp?comm_code=PH&doc_type=.com_

(http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/MemberList.asp?comm_code=PH&doc_type=.com)


Thank you for your help and support!

Maggie Shaw (Newtown Lyme Disease Task Force)
Karen Gaudian & Jennifer Reid (Ridgefield Lyme
Disease Task Force)

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