Investigation Into Whether Lyme Disease Was Caused by US Military
What the hell? This sounds like some kooky conspiracy theory - but it's not!
There couldn't be a more controversial question: Did the U.S. Military weaponize ticks and accidentally or intentionally release them?
The Sun Journal reports that the House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution to investigate if that really happened.
According to the newspaper, the amendment would have the military’s inspector general examine...
whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects regarding its use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975.
Lyme disease was first found in Connecticut in 1975, but it's a big issue for Maine with 217 cases reported so far this year, the Sun Journal stated.
There are bills looking for more money to fund research, prevention and treatment programs. But here's the tricky part, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has been around in North America for at least 60,000 years, so it could just be because of deforestation and a warming climate, according to the Sun Journal.
But (and it's a big but) there are enough questions about what the military was doing to weaponize ticks and other insects, that they want an investigation.
There's also this big red flag...the scientist who first identified the cause of Lyme disease was a bioweapons specialist named Willy Burgdorfer, the newspaper reported.
If this happens to be true, it might just lead to answers on how to stop it - but it most certainly will lead to more money to fight it!