Task force report and recommendations to address tick-borne diseases released

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Updated: 6/18 6:17 pm

ALBANY, N.Y.—A set of recommendations for a state action plan to enhance research and prevention for harmful tick-borne illnesses was released Wednesday.

More than 450 new cases of Lyme disease have been reported in 2014, with the number expected to continue rising each year.

The report’s recommendations focus on the need for additional research about the past, current and future disease trends, increased public awareness, and measures to enhance diagnosis and treatment.

“Lyme disease continues its devastating march through our state’s communities and poses a serious public health threat.

Our Task Force has worked closely with experts to begin setting a course the state can use to research, prevent, and treat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and I look forward to continuing this work going forward,” said Senator Kemp Hannon.

“Lyme disease has progressed into a national epidemic. Legislation and recommendations crafted by the Lyme Disease Task Force will not only lower the amount of cases of these tick-borne illnesses, it will improve the quality of health among those living with this dreadful illness,” said Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Senator David Carlucci.

Other recommendations included public education, opportunities for continuing medical education, and a county learning collaborative.

The full report is available at nysenate.gov.

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