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.