Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by spirochetal bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, which is carried by deer ticks; and

Whereas Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the United States; and

Whereas The number of reported cases of Lyme disease in Massachusetts has increased ten-fold between 1997 and 2009; and

Whereas If it is not treated early, Lyme disease can infect every part of the body; and

Whereas In Massachusetts, the carriers of Lyme disease, deer ticks, can also carry the co-infections, such as babesiosis and human granulocytic anaplasmosis and erlichiosis; and

Whereas There are multiple protective actions that can be taken by individuals to reduce exposure and infection; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to minimize the devastating effects of Lyme disease among all Massachusetts citizens,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 2012, to be

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, fifth day of June, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                          
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin   
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts