State funds $250,000 for Lyme disease research, prevention, treatment

ALBANY – A total of $250,000 in state funding has been targeted to address Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

The small deer tick is the main transmitter of Lyme disease

Senator Jennifer Metzger (D, Rosendale) secured the funding.  Her district, including portions of the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions, has the highest incidence of Lyme disease in the state.

The resolution authorizes $100,000 for continued support of the Tick Project, a five-year program of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Study to determine whether neighborhood-based prevention can reduce human cases of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Grants of $50,000 each were awarded to the University at Stony Brook, for research; Cornell Cooperative Extension, for education and outreach; and Columbia Medical Center’s Lyme and Tick Borne Disease Research Center.

The funds are part of the state’s 2019-2020 budget adopted late last month.

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