For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2011
Contact: Elise Marsh
Delegate Comstock Resolution Designating May as “Lyme
Disease Awareness Month” in Virginia Passes
Richmond, VA –
Delegate Barbara Comstock’s House Joint Resolution 643, permanently designating
May of 2011, and all succeeding years, as “Lyme Disease Awareness Month” in
Virginia, passed this week in the General Assembly.
Delegate Comstock issued the following
“I was proud to introduce this Resolution this year. I am very pleased that it was passed by
both the House of Delegates and the Senate unanimously. This will help us raise
awareness about this debilitating disease. We will increase our education efforts about the threat of
Lyme Disease, and we also have the ongoing efforts with the Governor’s Lyme
Disease Commission. I am committed
to helping to ensure that people living in high risk areas know how to protect
themselves and their children and get the medical treatments they need. I look
forward to working on highlighting these needs through focused activities in
May 2011 and well beyond.
Delegate Rust also issued the following
was pleased to work with Delegate Comstock on the resolution and I will
continue to pursue a better understanding and treatment of the disease by the
medical profession and the public in general.”
Monte Skall, Executive Director of The
National Capital Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Association issued a statement on
the adoption of House Joint Resolution 643:
“The National Capital Lyme Disease Association (NatCapLyme)
is grateful to the Virginia General Assembly for adoption of House Joint Resolution No.
643, permanently designating the month of May as “Lyme Disease Awareness Month”
in Virginia in every year without need for annual renewal.
On behalf of all Virginians affected by Lyme disease,
NatCapLyme and its seven Virginia chapters gratefully
acknowledge the leadership of the resolution sponsor, Delegate Barbara
Comstock, and those members who joined her as co-patrons. We appreciate their hard work and
“NatCapLyme represents hundreds of Lyme victims throughout
Virginia as well as in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Lyme disease is
regarded as the fastest-spreading vector-borne infection in the United States.
Virginia has not been spared, experiencing a 169% increase in CDC-reportable Lyme cases. Many authorities, including the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control, have called for greater public awareness of
this disease to foster better prevention and early detection. With this
Resolution, organizations can reliably plan to make May a focal point of public
education and awareness.
“Joint Resolution No. 643 achieves that noble purpose of
encouraging public education on Lyme and how to prevent its further spread in
the Commonwealth. Resolution No. 643 will be an important benefit to our
citizens. This measure extends official recognition of the problem, encourages
Virginians to learn about these diseases, treat them seriously, take aggressive
prevention measures and seek early treatment. It will encourage physicians to
seek medical education about Lyme and tick-borne infections in Virginia.”
About Delegate Barbara Comstock
Barbara Comstock was elected in November 2009,
to represent the 34th District (Great Falls, parts of McLean, Vienna and
Herndon) in the Virginia House of Delegates. She serves on the Transportation
Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and the General Laws Committee,
where she serves as Chairman of the Housing Subcommittee. Barbara was appointed
by the Governor to serve on the Governor's Economic Development and Job
Creation Commission and, also, was appointed by the Speaker to serve on the
Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. Barbara also serves on The
National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.
Barbara Comstock is a 28 year resident of McLean, Virginia. She and her
husband, Chip, an assistant principal at Oakton High School, have raised their
three children in McLean. Barbara served as a senior aide to Virginia
Congressman Frank R. Wolf, Chief Counsel to the House Government Reform and
Oversight committee, and the Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Justice
Department. Barbara is on the Board of Friends of Clemyjontri Park in
McLean and Childhelp and is a member of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, the
Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia Technology
Council. Barbara is a small businesswoman and attorney.
For more information, please visit http://www.delegatecomstock.com or call 703-209-3787. You can also follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BarbaraComstock or at Facebook on http://www.facebook.com/ComstockforDelegate.