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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: October 26, 2021 10:42 AM
From: Representative Rosemary M. Brown
To: All House members
Subject: Additional Lyme disease and Tick Borne Illness Reporting
As we continue to see more and more Pennsylvanians afflicted with Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses, we must continue to learn about these diseases and how they affect an individual’s length and quality of life.  Over the last 10 years, I have continued efforts to bring attention to Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses.   I believe it to also be extremely beneficial to collect data at the time of a death if the patient was inflicted with Lyme disease or a tick-borne illness.  Very often when an individual passes away, you may not see Lyme disease, or a tick-borne illness listed as the cause of death, but you will see the varied and confusing complications of the disease.
In order to garner more information and help Pennsylvanians in the future, this legislation focuses on having a coroner, pathologist, medical examiner or other individual qualified to conduct and examination of a deceased individual , who discovers at the time of death, the individual was infected, to promptly report the case to the department or a local department of health in a manner specified by the secretary.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation in an effort to garner every piece of information possible, build accurate statistics and to help us in battling Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses.

Introduced as HB2178