Joe Robach office announces that New York State is taking new measures to combat Lyme disease and other tick-born diseases.

Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the Borrelia type. The most common sign of infection is an expanding area of redness, known as erythema migrans, that begins at the site of a tick bite about a week after it has occurred. The rash is typically neither itchy nor painful. About 25% of people do not develop a rash. Other early symptoms may include fever, headache, and feeling tired. If untreated, symptoms may include loss of the ability to move one or both sides of the face, joint pains, severe headaches with neck stiffness, or heart palpitations, among others. Months to years later, repeated episodes of joint pain and swelling may occur. Occasionally, people develop shooting pains or tingling in their arms and legs. Despite appropriate treatment, about 10 to 20% of people also develop joint pains, have problems with memory, and feel tired much of the time. This potentially debilitating and life-threatening illness is spreading rapidly across New York. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York has the third highest number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the nation. The disease has been reported in every region of the state.

In an effort to combat the spread of this epidemic, Joe Robach office legislation that would promote strategies for prevention, identification and response.

The legislation would:
– Provide reliable information to homeowners to protect their property from ticks;
– Develop a program for early education and prevention;
– Bring the Department of Education and Department of Health together to provide resources for children; and
– Require the Department of Environmental Conservation to develop annual guidelines for treating residential properties.

Bills like this one is a part of the Senate’s continuing efforts to combat Lyme and tick-born disease. In this year’s budget, Joe Robach office explained that additional funding was approved to help support research, education and prevention efforts.

The Senate also created a Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Born Diseases that is taking a comprehensive approach to develop detection and prevention initiatives across the state.

These are major steps in the fight against this epidemic that has impacted families in every region of New York. For more information on this legislative package or the Task Force, Joe Robach office asks residents check his website.