R 293
2018 -- H 8296
Enacted 06/06/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives McEntee, Fogarty, Craven, Tanzi, and Knight
Date Introduced: June 06, 2018

     WHEREAS, Rhode Island has the fourth highest rate of Lyme disease in the country with
over 900 cases reported each year; and
     WHEREAS, Washington County consistently has the highest rate of Lyme disease in
Rhode Island; and
     WHEREAS, Ticks in the state can carry Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis,
babesiosis, Powassan, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever; and
     WHEREAS, Currently, there is no approved vaccine to prevent Lyme disease in people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the RI Department of Health recommend
that Rhode Islanders take effective prevention measures against Lyme and other tick-borne
diseases including:
     (1) Avoiding wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter;
     (2) Walking in the center of trails;
     (3) Wearing long pants and long sleeves whenever possible;
     (4) Tucking pants into socks; and
     (5) Wearing light colored clothing in order to see ticks more easily; and
     WHEREAS, The three steps to reducing the risk of contracting Lyme and other Tick-
bourne diseases include:
     (1) REPEL - When outdoors, use repellents containing 20-30 percent DEET, picaridin,
IR3535, some oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol, and follow the directions on the
package. Use products that contain permethrin on shoes and clothing;
     (2) CHECK – Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (within 2 hours)
to wash off and more easily find ticks; Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-
length mirror to view all parts of your body; Examine gear and pets; Place clothing in a hot dryer
for ten minutes before washing them to kill any ticks; and
     (3) REMOVE – By grasping an attached tick with tweezers as close as possible to the
attachment (skin) site, and pulling upward and out with a firm and steady pressure. If tweezers
are not available, use fingers shielded with tissue paper or rubber gloves; and
     WHEREAS, Early diagnosis is helpful in successfully treating tick-borne diseases, and it
is important for people to contact a health care provider if they find a tick attached and are
experiencing any symptoms, including tiredness, body or muscle aches, joint pain, fever, rash,
stiff neck, and facial paralysis; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby supports the Rhode Island Department of Health's "Tick Free
Rhode Island " program and encourages Rhode Islanders of all ages to "Be a Tick Detective" and
"Repel, Check, and Remove" in order to protect themselves from Lyme disease and other tick-
borne diseases; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this House hereby encourages all the state's residents to join in
recognizing the importance of safeguards and early detection of Lyme disease by speaking with
their health care providers and visiting the Rhode Island Department of Health's webpage and the
University of Rhode Island's Tick Encounter Research Center webpage; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of
the Rhode Island Department of Health.