ALBANY, N.Y. – Sen. Charles Schumer will push for new legislation Tuesday that will increase research in tick-borne illnesses.
The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education and Research Act would expand research into Lyme disease, improve education, and require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to produce a report to educate doctors and other health professionals on the latest research and treatment options for such diseases.
Powassan virus is a new tick-borne illness that is more debilitating than Lyme disease. The virus sets in quickly and has no cure. It has been found to be fatal in 30% of cases.
There has been one confirmed human case in the Capital Region, and several ticks have tested positive.
Schumer will be joined by Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy and the Albany County Health Commissioner at Sixmile Waterworks Park at 11 a.m. to announce his new legislation and to call on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to allocate resources toward the study of the new virus.