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New York Senator Gillibrand Calls For Federal Funding of Lyme Disease Research


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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her support for federal funding to research tick-borne illnesses during a video press conference on Thursday.

Gillibrand called for next year’s government funding to include a budget for critical tick research. This is to help New Yorkers and their health departments understand the severe detriments and life-altering impacts that ticks are responsible for.

“Lyme Disease, other tick-borne illnesses, and the sometimes lifelong complications they cause are poorly studied,” said Gillibrand. “I am fighting to include almost $200 million in next year’s government funding bill to fund critical research to understand the full impact of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses and help us combat the often devastating and life-altering impacts of these illnesses.”

Specifically, Gillibrand wants $130 million for research at the National Institutes of Health, $30 million apiece for the CDC and Department of Health and Human Services to address vector-borne Diseases, and $9 million for the Department of Defense’s Tick-Borne Disease Research Program.

Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks, which spread the bacterial infection through bites. Early diagnosis is critical to recovery, as being left untreated can severely affect body tissue and has long-lasting results. New York was the number one state for reported cases of Lyme disease in 2022, with over 16,000 cases.

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