The New York State Senate has approved a record $1 million to help fight Lyme and other tick-borne diseases throughout the state. The new funding will help support a wide variety of local investments.
Some local highlights include:
Cornell University – $130,000 to study the distribution of ticks and the diseases they carry in various parts of the state through the Tick Outreach and Surveillance Project for New York. The research will primarily focus on the spread of ticks by species within certain counties. Other areas of study include ways to reduce human exposure, tick management workshops, and best practices in schools, camps, parks, and places where people gather outdoors.
Cornell Cooperative Extension – $26,000 for a series of regional Lyme and TBD forums to be hosted throughout the state. The forums will help provide the public with information on tick identification, tick bite prevention, Lyme disease and co-infection awareness, impact on pets and livestock, and health resources that are available for individuals who have been bitten by a tick
New York State Department of Health – $25,000 to continue database mining, which would include various projects associated with Lyme carditis, as well as deaths associated with Lyme and other Tick Born Diseases.
Last month here in Cortland County, the helath deppartment focused on education concerning ticks and tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease. “We want people to be aware so that they can still enjoy the outdoors and not feel that Mother Nature’s out to get them,” said Diane Madik-Lamont, the Supervising Sanitarian in the Cortland County Health Department’s Environmental Health office. “We want people to be aware because being aware is your first line of defense.”
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