H.R. No. 775


WHEREAS, Tick-borne illnesses, such as ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tick-borne relapsing fever, are easily contracted and can be extremely debilitating and fatal; and

WHEREAS, Anyone who ventures outdoors is susceptible to encountering a tick and may contract one of these diseases; if these illnesses are not diagnosed and treated properly soon after they occur, the ramifications become potentially life-threatening as time elapses; and

WHEREAS, Lyme disease, the most prevalent of the four illnesses, is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the country and the most common vector-borne disease in Texas, with cases having been reported in every public health region in the state; the Lone Star tick is the principal transmitter of Lyme disease in Texas, though other known carriers are the black-legged deer tick, brown dog tick, and cat flea; and

WHEREAS, According to the Center for Disease Control, there were more than 16,000 reported cases of Lyme disease in the United States in 1996 alone; and

WHEREAS, Due to a limited public understanding of the serious nature of these easily contracted diseases, there is considerable underreporting of tick-borne illnesses in Texas; recognizing May as Tick-Borne Illness Awareness Month will undoubtedly assist in the further education of all Texans on this important public health issue; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 76th Texas Legislature hereby recognize May as Tick-Borne Illness Awareness Month in the State of Texas and encourage all to learn more about these diseases.


Speaker of the House

I certify that H.R. No. 775 was adopted by the House on May 4, 1999, by a non-record vote.

Chief Clerk of the House