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.
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
- Go here for information on the disease's prevalence in Maine, treatment and tips for prevention.
- Find free educational materials and free tick removers here.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
- Go here to learn about sending your tick to the lab for identification (the lab can see whether it's a deer tick, the species that can carry Lyme disease)
- Find more information here on ticks, including pictures and tips on keeping populations down in your yard.
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
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.
Pingree picks ticks off a survey flag with Maine Medical Center Research Institute researcher Chuck Lubelczyk
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.