Casey, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Lyme Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Following Lyme Disease Awareness Month

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

Casey, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Lyme Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Following Lyme Disease Awareness Month

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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