FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Patrick Henry College
Purcellville, VA- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s newly appointed Lyme Disease Task Force will conduct the first of two expert testimony hearings on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville. The hearing is designed to gather important information about the accuracy of diagnostic tools and efficacy of treatments and to discuss ways to increase awareness of this devastating disease to aid Virginia residents and medical practitioners.
More than nine hundred new cases of Lyme in Virginia were reported in 2009, and the CDC indicates ten times as many residents, particularly children, may be afflicted with this insidious disease. “Whole families are ill and are being harmed by having to go from doctor to doctor without receiving a timely diagnosis and an effective treatment plan,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the Task Force. Mr. Farris is a United States constitutional lawyer and the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College. The task force is comprised of physicians, patient representatives, state health and wildlife officials, a veterinarian and other key professionals.
In addition to the two expert testimony hearings, a series of five geographically-organized forums will be conducted to gather the testimonies of patients and caregivers. These forums will be held over the course of 2011 in Northern Virginia, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke and Harrisonburg. The output of the expert hearings and patient forums will be developed into recommendations for Governor McDonnell’s consideration.
All hearings are free and open to the public. The November 30 hearing will be held from 9:30AM until 3:00PM (with a lunch break) in the gymnasium at Patrick Henry College at Ten Patrick Henry Circle, Purcellville, VA 20132.