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H.J.Res. 569 (100th): A joint resolution designating June 12 through 18, 1988, as “Lyme Disease Awareness Week”.

The text of the resolution below is as of Aug 1, 1988 (Passed Congress).

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
                  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
                  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
                  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.