State considers proclaiming May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Economic recoveries? Unimportant. Gay Marriage? Been there, legalized that. DREAM Act? Booooring. A month raising awareness for Lyme disease? Now there is an issue Marylanders really care about.

State legislators seem to agree, as by a new House of Delegates bill written by State Delegates Susan C. Lee (D-Montgomery) and Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk (D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s). The bill “requires the Governor to annually proclaim the month of May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month, in recognition of the need for increased awareness of the disease,” which would probably involve a very official and regal looking proclamation.

Lee and Pena-Melnyk certainly did their homework on the bill, which notes that, according to the Center for Disease Control, this state has the eighth-most incidences of Lyme disease in the country and accounts for 5 percent of all national cases.

Numerous deer ticks interviewed for this blog chose not to comment.

But, even more revealing, the delegates listed the other official state commemorative days and months. Upon reading this list, most Marylanders will realize they are grossly behind in their holiday celebrations.

For example, when was the last time you broke out your copy of Leaves of Grass and celebrated Whitman and others Oct. 15 during Poetry Day?

Hopefully you’ve already started planning your April 13th party for the birthday of John Hanson, who was the first president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.

Whether its Negro Baseball League Day (second Saturday in May) or Annapolis Charter Day (Dec. 17), the state definitely offers its fair share of observances, during which one can don their holiday garb and throw a rocking party.

A few other ridiculous holidays observed by this great state include Asian Lunar New Year Day (apparently observed in January or February), Law Day on May 1 and Maryland Charter Day on June 20, because it’s not enough to just recognize Annapolis Charter Day.

Let’s just hope that, during a time of contentious issues and raging debates in the state, that lawmakers get this one right and remind us what May should really be about: “Symptoms [including] fever, headache, fatigue and skin rash.”

— Tyler Weyant is the deputy managing editor at The Diamondback


2 comments on “State considers proclaiming May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month

  1. eugolini89 says:

    This is ignorant and offensive to the many people who like me, have Chronic Lyme disease. Clearly you know nothing about Lyme, its effects, the huge controversy around it, or the millions of people who’s lives are greatly affected by this disease. The fact that you would make fun of awareness for ANY medical disease is awful. Would you say AIDS or Cancer awareness is “ridiculous” as well? Because many people did back when those campaigns were taking off and they sure look like idiots now.

    As a journalism student at UMD and a former DBK employee, I’d really like to know when The Diamondback became a vehicle for creating public bias, misinformation, and mockery?

  2. jeffblazar says:

    Lyme Disease is an emerging infectious disease. Thus, it is important to educate the public

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