Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Lyme Disease

With the number of cases rising steadily in recent years, Lyme disease is a growing problem in Maine and other states.  I'm working to make sure we're doing everything we can to confront it on the federal level, but we all need to take steps to limit our risk.  

Look below for Maine resources on prevention, tick identification, ongoing research and more, as well as policy updates from Washington.


Resources | Policy Updates


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National Centers for Disease Control

  • Go here for Information on the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, treatment, and educational materials.

Maine Center for Disease Control

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Maine Medical Center Research Institute Vector-borne Disease

  • MMCRI is a national leader in researching Lyme disease.  Find out more here about their research, as well as information on ticks and tips for prevention.

Downloadable publications and materials

More on Lyme Disease

Nov 30, 2016 Press Release

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today voted in support of the 21st Century Cures Act. The legislation dedicates $1 billion over two years to help states battle opioid addiction and $4.8 billion over 10 years for medical research initiatives. It also streamlines the FDA approval process, makes key mental health reforms, and contains tick-borne disease provisions Pingree advocated for.

Aug 17, 2015 Press Release

tick survey
Pingree picks ticks off a survey flag with Maine Medical Center Research Institute researcher Chuck Lubelczyk

Jul 10, 2015 Press Release
Bill accelerates new treatments for diseases and brings further attention to tick-borne illnesses
Jun 24, 2015 Press Release
Pingree says disease is growing rapidly in Maine and feds should put more resources into diagnosis, prevention
Apr 15, 2015 Blog Post
I’ve been using my position on the Appropriations Committee to raise awareness about the impact that Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are having in the First District, and the urgency of devoting more resources to research and prevention efforts.
Sep 16, 2014 Press Release

Says more federal funding needed to confront growing problem in Maine and around the country

Chellie talking with Dr. Peter Rand and Susan Elias of Maine Medical Center Research Institute's Vector-borne Disease Laboratory. Rand is showing Pingree a "tick flag" that is dragged across grass and vegetation to collect ticks for research.