A Wall Township resident will be testifying before a Congressional subcommittee later today on the difficulty of getting diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease.
Pat Smith, a former president of the Board of Education and former head of the NJ Governor’s Lyme Advisory Council, is scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health & Human Rights in Washington D.C. today at 2 p.m.
The hearing on Global Challenges in Diagnosing and Managing Lyme Disease will be broadcast live on the Committee’s website. The subcommittee is headed by U.S. Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-Monmouth.
Pat Smith, who is president of the Lyme Disease Association, said in a release that the hearing was “long overdue,’ because of the difficulty dignosing and treating the disease. Smith in a release said Lyme is on the rise domestically and across the globe, where the disease is found in about 65 countries.
Early symptoms of Lyme, a bacterial disease transmitted by tick bites, are often flu-like symptoms and joint pain.
“Experts are seeing a significant increase in ticks and tick-borne diseases in 2012,” Smith said in the release.