Colorado news….

June 2, 2017-Nancy Melear of Fox 31 News Denver Daybreak/Good Morning Colorado interviews Lyme disease expert, Dr. David Martz on Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases and his presentation at the the Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: 2nd Rocky Mountain Forum, June 3, 2017.

Governor John Hickenlooper grants COTBDAA’s request for proclamation…

May 2017: Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Awareness month!

Governor Hickenlooper has brought Lyme and Tick-borne disease awareness to a new level for Coloradans. COTBDAA is so grateful for the recognition of the importance of education and prevention for our Colorado residents and the acknowledgement of the growing number of residents and their pets that have been impacted by Lyme and other tick-borne diseases; too many of them still struggling for access to care from physicians experienced in treating these often complex diseases.

As Lyme and tick-borne diseases continue to spread globally, the importance of awareness at the local level becomes even more important. Click here to view full proclamation document.

May 2017-Christmas Mountain, USA in the “Heart of the Rockies” Salida, Colorado lights up above town in support of Governor Hickenlooper’s Proclamation for Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month! COTBDAA thanks the City of Salida for this heartfelt display of support!

May 2017:  Contagion®, the nation’s leading digital and print publication that provides practitioners and specialists working in the infectious disease field with disease-specific information.  In recognition of Lyme disease awareness month, they interviewed Pat Smith, President of Lyme Disease Association, Inc, to better understand current issues surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

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March 2017: Arlene Shovald of The Mountain Mail reported on the Governors proclamation for Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month for May 2017 and the collaborative efforts of COTBDAA and Chaffee County Public Health to raise awareness. Visit The Mountain Mail here.

LYMETIMES Fall 2016 Issue: Giving Lyme Voice-Why Media Matters

Elevating Tick Awareness in Colorado
by Monica White, COTBDAA Co-founder/President
Colorado widely denies the existence of Lyme disease both as an endemic issue and in the many people who live here. By joining you have access to this issue as well as past and future issues.

Photo credit Denver CBS News. “Catching a bird is a wonderful opportunity to do a whole variety of research projects,” said Meredith McBurney, a lead bird bander with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

July 2016: Libby Smith from Denver’s CBS 4 news station produced a two part mini-series on Lyme in Colorado, elevating the awareness of Lyme and other TBD’s in our state. Our previous working group “Biting Back: Elevating Tick Awareness in Colorado” was highlighted, along with our national partner Pat Smith, President of Lyme Disease Association, Inc., patients Billie Shellist and Christine Renner with the Colorado Lyme and TBD Support Group, and the collaborative research work with COTBDAA (previously “Biting Back”) by the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

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May 2016: Libby Smith from Denver’s CBS 4 news station highlighted the Lyme & Other Tick-borne Diseases: First Rocky Mountain Forum, held in Golden, Colorado on May 7th.  This Forum was sponsored by our national partner, Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) and was hosted by our previous working group “Biting Back: Elevating Tick Awareness in Colorado”. Presenters included Pat smith, President of LDA, Dr. Daniel Cameron, Lyme expert and lead author of the 2014 ILADS “Evidence assessments and guideline recommendations in Lyme disease: the clinical management of known tick bites, erythema migrans rashes and persistent disease”, Dr. David Martz, Colorado Lyme disease expert and physician, Dr. Michael Lappin, Colorado State University Veterinarian, and Toni Toelle, from the United States Forest Service. The Forum was well attended by nearly 90 participants.

May 2016: Kathy Walsh from Denver’s CBS news station reported on fellow Lyme patient and advocate, Olivia Goodreau. They presented this young girl’s fight with Lyme disease and her determination to help others and find a cure.

April 2016: Arlene Shovald of The Mountain Mail reported on the risks of tick-borne diseases, highlighting Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever and the upcoming Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: First Rocky Mountain Forum.

March 2016: Teresa Ristow of Steamboat Today writes “Local woman with Lyme Disease Starts Support Group”. Liz Kirt shares her story and has started the Northwest Colorado Lyme Support Group to help others with Lyme in NW Colorado.

November 2015: Deborah Takahara, reporter from Denver’s Fox 31 news station, reported on fellow Lyme patient and Biting Back advocate Nancy Wrigley. A letter written by Nancy’s daughter to the Denver Broncos regarding her Mom’s fight against Lyme gaining attention and support from the team.

May 2015:  Arlene Shovald of The Mountain Mail reported on the risks of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and promoted The Lyme Disease Challenge.

May 2014: Arlene Shovald of the Mountain Mail highlighted the risks of Lyme disease to humans and pets and the viewing opportunity of “Under Our Skin” at the Salida Steamplant Theater.

Ticks pose threat to humans, pets – Free Content

January 2009: J. Adrian Stanley from the Colorado Spring Independent wrote a cover story “The Tick and the Time Bomb:  While patients wait in pain, a small group of doctors fights for chronic Lyme disease”

Nationwide News

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Link to The Lyme Wars NBC-5 part series

“The Lyme Wars”
NBC News 4 New York-Investigative Reports, October 23, 2017





Link to NPR story,Kayana Szymczak

Beyond Lyme: New Tick-Borne Diseases on the Rise in the US
NPR-March 11, 2017




Link to NPR Broadcast, Stephen Reiss

Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast
NPR – Morning Edition for March 6, 2017




Fox 5 News Special reports

Fox 5 News Link to Part 1
Fox 5 News Link Part 2

Lyme and Reason: The Cause and Consequence of Lyme Disease
May 2016

Lyme and Reason 2.0:The Voices of Change
November 2016



News post from LDA on December 7, 2016. The US Senate passed the 21st Century Cures bill which included Lyme language. Patients will have a seat at the Tick Borne Diseases Working Group.

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