by Michael Sluss
LEESBURG -- A task force created by Gov. Bob McDonnell's administration is calling for better public education and outreach about Lyme disease and a more open-minded approach by the medical community to diagnosing and treating the tick-borne illness.
The 12-member task force spent more than five hours Thursday hashing out the details of a report that will go to the governor and could lead to legislation and policy changes. The group was asked to submit findings and recommendations on prevention, diagnosis, education and treatment of a disease that is on the rise and generating controversy in Virginia.
"We have to do something to create a proportionate response to the issue," said Michael Farris, the panel's chairman, who called for a greater sense of urgency in dealing with Lyme.
"We don't want people freaking out inappropriately, but a certain amount of freaking out is warranted here ...read more