AFTER LEADING THE CHARGE, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES INCLUSION OF HIS LYME-FUNDING AMENDMENT IN FINAL, MUST-PASS BI-PARTISAN HHS APPROPRIATIONS BILL; BILL INCREASES BY OVER 12% CDC FUNDING TO COMBAT LYME DISEASE; SCHUMER AMENDMENT SECURES FIRST INCREASE IN CDC LYME FUNDING IN YEARS; SENATOR SAYS LONG-OVERDUE BOOST IN FUNDING WILL SUPPORT ALL-OUT STATE AND LOCAL WAR AGAINST TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES
In Recent Years, Upstate New York Has Seen An Explosion Of Ticks, Lyme Disease, And Other Tick-Borne Illnesses, Making New York The #1 Target For Tick-Borne Disease In The Country
Schumer’s Amendment To The Health And Human Services Appropriations Bill Will Increase By Over $1 Million CDC Funding To Thwart Tick-Borne Illnesses; Funding Boost Will Be Used To Study, Identify, And Prevent Exposure To Vector-Borne Pathogens That Cause Lyme Disease And Other Tick-Borne Illnesses
Schumer: Funding Increase For CDC To Fight Lyme Disease Will Help Protect Against Tick-Borne Illnesses
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that his amendment to increase by 12.15 percent FY2019 funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to combat Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses was included in the final, must-pass Health and Human Services (HHS) appropriations bill, which is expected to be passed by both chambers of Congress and signed into law in the coming weeks. Specifically, the bill increases Lyme disease funding from FY2018’s level of $10.7M to $12M for FY2019. Schumer’s amendment secures the first increase in CDC Lyme disease funding in five years. Schumer said that this long-overdue increase in funding will be used to support the all-out state and local war against tick-borne diseases, as New York is the #1 target for tick-related disease in the United States.
“Upstate New York has been feeling the brutal bite of Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses for years now, and thankfully this long-overdue increase in CDC funding will give us the resources we need to strike back,” said Senator Schumer. “New Yorkers and their children shouldn’t have to worry that spending time outside in their backyards will leave them with a debilitating ailment like Lyme disease, and this funding will help to prevent that. I was proud to lead the charge in securing this crucial funding to combat the spread of tick-borne illnesses, and will keep fighting in Washington D.C. until we can stamp out these persistent diseases.”
Schumer said that the increase in funding from the CDC will specifically be used to target vector-borne pathogens which cause diseases in human beings. The funding increase will help understand when, where, and how people become exposed to vector-borne pathogens, as well as help to prevent exposure to vector-borne pathogens and mitigate potential consequences of infection. Additionally, the funding will be used to help implement vector-borne disease diagnostics, surveillance, control, and prevention programs.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection carried by deer ticks, which can be transmitted by a bite to a human or animal host. If left untreated, the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi travels through the bloodstream, manifests itself in body tissues, and causes mild or severe symptoms, depending on the case. Lyme disease begins as a rash at the location of the tick bite and then spreads to the nervous system and joints. Early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment are crucial to recovery. Appropriate antibiotic use in the early stages of Lyme disease typically results in a swift and total recovery. Untreated and undiagnosed Lyme disease – which regularly occurs – can lead to debilitating effects on a person’s health.
Senator Schumer has long fought for federal funding for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease, which have seen a major spike in cases across New York State. Earlier in 2018, during an in-person meeting with CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Schumer