< Back to H.J.Res. 569 (100th Congress, 1987–1988)
Text of A joint resolution designating June 12 through 18, 1988, as “Lyme Disease Awareness Week”.
This resolution was enacted after being signed by the President on August 1, 1988. The text of the bill below is as of Aug 1, 1988 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).
102 STAT. 882 PUBLIC LAW 100-376—AUG. 1, 1988 Public Law 100-376 100th Congress Joint Resolution Aug. 1, 1988 Designating July 24 through 30, 1988, as "Lyme Disease Awareness Week". [H.J. Res. 569] Whereas Lyme disease is spread by the tick species Ixodes Dammini by means of the bacterium Burrelia Burgdorferi; Whereas these ticks are no larger than the head of a pin; Whereas these ticks can be carried by domestic animals such as cats, dogs, and horses; Whereas these ticks can be transferred from domestic animals to humans; Whereas Lyme disease started in southeastern Connecticut and has spread to 32 States; Whereas the Center for Disease Control has reported 6,000 cases of Lyme disease since 1982; Whereas Lyme disease is easily treated in its early stages by an oral vaccine administered by a physician (penicillin and erythromycin for young children and tetracycline for persons allergic to penicillin); Whereas the early symptoms of Lyme disease are a rash, mild headaches, a slight fever, and swollen glands; Whereas Lyme disease often mocks rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease; Whereas if left untreated, Lyme disease can cause severe depression, brain disorders, and even death; Whereas the best cure for Lyme disease is prevention; Whereas prevention of Lyme disease depends upon public aware- ness; and Whereas education is essential to making the general public and health care professionals more knowledgeable of Lyme disease and its debilitating side effects: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That July 24 through 30, 1988, is designated as "Lyme Disease Awareness Week", and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation call- ing upon the people of the United States to observe such week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. Approved August 1, 1988. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.J. Res. 569 (S.J. Res. 326): CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 134 (1988): July 13, considered and passed House. July 14, S.J. Res. 326 and H.J. Res. 569 considered and passed Senate.