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CDC Estimates Nearly 300,000 Americans Contract Lyme Disease Annually / 95% of Lyme Disease Cases Occur in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Delaware, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Vermont, Virginia, New Jersey, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-P.A.) introduced legislation to increase public awareness and strengthen efforts to combat tick-borne diseases, which represent a significant threat to public health. The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2015 would help ensure the necessary resources are dedicated to fighting tick-borne diseases.

“Families across Pennsylvania will be enjoying cookouts, hikes, and many other outdoor activities this summer, so it is critical to be mindful of the threat of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease,” Senator Casey said. “This legislation is a commonsense effort to increase and better coordinate the research being done on Lyme disease and determine the best ways to prevent it.”

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D- C.T.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Christopher Coons (D-D.E.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-M.N.) are also introducing the bill.


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