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Posted February 21, 2013 | comments Leave a comment

General Assembly passes Lyme disease bill

Daily staff report

Following some back and forth between the Senate and House of Delegates, a bill concerning disclosure of information to people tested for Lyme disease was passed on Thursday.

The bill now heads to Gov. Bob McDonnell for his signature.

National Capital Lyme Disease Association Executive Director Monte Skall released a statement saying the legislation is "sorely needed."

"At nearly every support group meeting we hear of yet another patient who was told they did not have Lyme because their test came back negative, only to learn months later that they do have Lyme," she said in the release.

The legislation will require physicians to provide written disclosure to those tested, informing the patient that current laboratory testing can produce false negatives, especially in the early stages of the disease. Patients also will be encouraged to consider retesting if symptoms persist.

Several delegates spoke in favor of the bill, including Barbara Comstock (R-34) and Rep. Bob Marshall (R-13.)

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