February 14, 2018

CT Children’s doc appointed to federal tick-borne disease group

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has appointed Dr. Juan C. Salazar, Connecticut Children's Medical Center's physician-in-chief, to its Tick-Borne Disease Working Group.

Congress established the group in the 21st Century Cures Act to provide expertise and to review all efforts within HHS related to all tick-borne diseases, ensure interagency coordination, minimize overlap and examine research priorities.

Salazar, who will join the group's Vaccine and Therapeutics Working Group Subcommittee, noted that Connecticut is the birthplace of Lyme disease and home to a boy who recently contracted Powassan virus, a rare but deadly tick-borne illness.

"This working group will play a pivotal role gathering information, conducting research and analyzing the issues in order to help improve current practices, federal guidance and recommendations on best practice care for people with tick-borne illnesses," he said.

Salazar also is executive vice president of academic affairs at Connecticut Children's, director of the pediatric and youth HIV program there and professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UConn School of Medicine.

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