Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdoferi, was first described more than 40 years ago and is now the most common illness spread by a bug bite; it infects more than 300,000 Americans each year. In 2015, it was the sixth most common Nationally Notifiable disease.
Symptoms of Lyme disease range from skin rashes, fatigue, and joint pain to heart disease, neurological issues and death. Researchers at the Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center at Johns Hopkins University have shown that about 10 to 20 percent of those infected progress to chronic multi-organ illness. Patients can face months and even years of disability.
Recently it was estimated that health care costs for Lyme disease patients exceed $1 billion per year, according to Dr. John Aucott of Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
"Lyme Disease: Maps." www.cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 5 Dec. 2016. Web. 3 May 2017.
Research & Develop the BPP
Advocate policy changes to update Lyme disease testing protocols
Place the BPP in mainstream laboratories
Provide easy access to patients
Our current development goals include:
Change the standard of care
If you are interested in helping Lyme Relief Program, LTD meet these goals, please