State Resource Links will gradually be broken apart into pages by type/topic.

For now, state pages will contain preliminary lists, as applicable.  Please feel free to contribute via comments or contact forms with relevant links and resources.

*If you have not done so, please visit our location form.

Patient Resources

Lymedisease.org ~ Find Your State Group

Join with others in your own state to bring change through education, advocacy and activism. Share with people who will understand your story. Ask for help, find a doctor, tell people about events.

Local Support Groups

  • Help us get in touch with your group leader and/or list your group or a group contact
  • Consider starting a local group.  If you need help with this, perhaps we can assist, such as:
    • helping you find other patients in your area;
    • helping you find your next-nearest neighbor groups for networking;
    • brainstorming ways to connect where geography precludes in-person meetings.

Some of our states may have very few to no existing support groups, though you also could have a fellow Lyme patient less than a mile away, in the very next town, at your child’s school, or across town that you don’t know about yet (all of the above were the case for me).

Please feel free to share any of the following via comments, the contact form below, or vie northernrockieslyme@gmail.com

  • Interests/talents/skills or just that you’d like to get involved;
  • Relevant or interesting links for your state;
  • Organizations either in your state or involved in your state;
  • Events in your state (past, present, future);
  • Lyme or tick research, data, survey, or detection efforts (Lyme and/or ticks).

Lyme/Tick Distribution

Montana Lyme Data via TickCheck.com (208 est. cases)

(Through 2011)

Reports of Lyme Disease in Montana: 28 confirmed cases

Due to the fact that the CDC’s data only represents confirmed cases, the actual quantity of lyme disease cases may be far greater. We estimate a total of 208 true cases of lyme of disease in Montana.

Lyme Disease in Interior Western States – Idaho

Kaiser Papers (Nov. 2010)

Until very recently, Montana has not had a reported case of Lyme disease.  According to research, the Ixodes ticks that are known to harbor Lyme disease have not been found in Montana.

There have been a significant number of reports about an illness mimicking Lyme disease in and around the Yellowstone National Park area. A recent hypothesis is that Lyme disease may be carried in another form by another type of tick. It may also be a reason why CDC recommended tests fail to pick up the disease and that Lyme treatments work for this illness.

Montana is to be commended for their open mindedness and investigation of this manifestation.Montana Public Health 2007

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/PHSD/prevention_opps/pdf/MPH-Tickborne-April-Added-Iss.doc
Montana Lab Tries to Identify Tick-Borne Disease, New York Times 2003

Mysterious tick disease afflicts Montana 2003

Tick borne disease in Montana, The Missoulian 2004

Out-of-state bites boost Lyme disease cases, Billings Gazette 2009
(Note; Dr. Paul Mead of the CDC offers his biased and misinformed views.)

Sleuthing Mysterious Tickborne Disease a Chilling Endeavor 2004,
Montana Dept. of Public Health

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/newsevents/newsreleases2004/march/tickbornedisease.shtml
Bitterroot home to tick that carries bacteria for relapsing fever – NBC report January 2015
Tickborne Relapsing Fever, Bitterroot Valley, Montana, USA – CDC report February 2015

News Links

Raising awareness: Victor woman discusses her battle with Lyme disease [Brenna Short, see Contacts pages]

Dog recovering from twin tick infections [in Columbia Falls]

Ticks: One woman’s warning [also Columbia Falls-me]

Lyme disease: Doctors don’t always know

Two families’ journeys: Woman fights for citizenship while another battles Lyme disease

Mystery ‘Lyme-Like’ Tick-Born Disease In Montana

Mysterious tick disease afflicts Montana

‘Her day was getting up, eating if she could, then crawling back to bed’

Out-of-state bites boost Lyme disease cases (problematic info)

Montana Lab Tries to Identify Tick-Borne Disease

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