The Pentagon was ordered to investigate whether the ticks were armed in the 1950s.
The House of Representatives vote last week approved an amendment to the bill that asks the inspector general “to conduct a review of whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects in relation to the use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975 “.
And if so, it should reveal “whether any tick or insect used in such experiments was released outside of any laboratory by accident or design of the experiment.”
The amendment was introduced by New Jersey Republican Christopher H. Smith, who cited the book “Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons” by Kris Newby, published in May.
Celebrities such as Yolanda Hadid, her children Bella and Anwar, as well as Alec Baldwin, Kelly Osbourne, Ben Stiller, Avril Lavigne and Shania Twain have reported that they suffer from Lyme disease, which is contracted with the tick bite.
According to official figures, reported Lyme cases have more than doubled since the mid-1990s, jumping from 12,800 in 1996 to 29,500 in 2017.
The symptoms of the disease are very varied, such as fever, chills, headache, fatigue, rash, joint pain and swollen lymph nodes.
It can be treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated it can spread to the heart and nervous system, and in rare cases, the complications can be fatal.
Before leaving “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, Yolanda fought against the debilitating symptoms of the disease, as well as the skepticism of some of her castmates.
In 2015, Lavigne revealed that she had been bedridden five months after being bitten.