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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says his amendment to boost funding to combat Lyme disease is a victory for upstate New York. The Democrat says it would be the first such increase for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in five years.

The Vermont Health Department says tests have confirmed that a resident has died of a rare complication of Lyme disease.

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Six New York state senators are calling on the state Health Department to act aggressively to stop the spread of the longhorned tick. The species was discovered for the first time in New York earlier this month in Westchester County. A health department official says efforts have already been ramped up.

New Tick Species Appears In New York

Jul 23, 2018
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The longhorned tick has been found in Westchester County. County and state officials confirmed their findings this month. Officials say the threat is mainly to livestock. But there is concern about whether it will transmit disease to humans.

With tick season upon us, there is a focus on outdoor prevention. But behind the scenes, scientists and doctors continue their work on treating and preventing Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies recently co-hosted a panel discussion on the subject, where experts talked about the ongoing research.

Lyme Disease Panel Yields Updates

Jun 18, 2018
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As the summer season sets in, the Northeast is on alert for ticks. The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies recently co-hosted a panel discussion on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

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A package of state legislation aimed at fighting Lyme and tick-borne diseases is being introduced ahead of the 2018 session by Senator Susan Serino (R, Hyde Park), chairwoman of the Senate’s Lyme Task Force.

She teamed up with Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Garden City), chairman of the Senate’s Health Committee, to introduce four bills that they hope will better address the diseases.

NYS Assembymember Urges Residents To #GetTickedOff

Dec 21, 2017

A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley has launched a public education campaign on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The initiative is aimed at raising awareness about ticks and their infections and boosting advocacy efforts.

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Two New York state senators released a report last week aimed at combating the spread of Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The report, which follows a public hearing in August, contains a number of recommendations. A Hudson Valley scientist who studies Lyme disease commended the report, but has some suggestions for improving it.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner received a grilling from state senators at a hearing this week on whether New York is doing enough to combat tick-borne illnesses.

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Once infected with Lyme disease himself, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Albany today to urge the federal government to continue the battle against insect-borne diseases.

Scientists have predicted that this will be one of the worst seasons for ticks and Lyme disease given the increase in numbers of ticks that carry the disease. It is amid this backdrop that Dutchess County resident, actress and filmmaker Mary Stuart Masterson is directing a theater piece Monday evening in Glens Falls about a Poughkeepsie family that lost a son to Lyme disease in 2013. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Masterson about the multimedia reading called “The Little Things.”

NY Governor Signs Two Lyme Disease Bills

Jul 24, 2016
WAMC / Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law two bills concerning Lyme and Tick-Borne diseases. The bills were sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

Lyme Disease Info Bill Passes NYS Senate

May 24, 2016
WAMC / Dave Lucas

A bill on a Lyme disease information campaign from a New York state lawmaker from the Hudson Valley, has passed the Senate.

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A University of Massachusetts laboratory that tests ticks that people find on themselves or their pets for diseases is stepping up its efforts as tick season kicks into high gear.

Two institutions in the Hudson Valley have received a $5 million grant for a large-scale study aimed at reducing tick populations and Lyme disease. The five-year project is the first to explore Lyme disease management for entire communities.

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Spring is here, but people who spend their time outdoors may have already noticed an early visitor: the black-legged tick.

 Many Hudson Valley residents are worried about contracting Lyme disease.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that vigilance is a must. 

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House Republicans Chris Gibson and Elise Stefanik of New York are hosting a community forum on tick borne illness today. The forum at Adirondack Community College will focus on efforts to combat Lyme and other diseases.

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A $9 billion healthcare bill passed by the House of Representatives on Friday contains language authored by an upstate New York Congressman to battle Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

  There is increasing awareness of Lyme disease, especially in our region.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it’s an acute problem in his district. 

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, but at least one area scientist is advocating for moving the campaign to April, to get ahead of tick emergence. Meanwhile, Dutchess County — at the epicenter of the disease —  is aiming to educate the public in a different way this year.

Dr. Richard Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Millbrook-based Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He says if we want to get a leg up on tick-borne illness we need to become vigilant earlier in the season.

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Dr. Brian Fallon, Director of the Tick-Borne Disease Research Center at Columbia University, will be speaking on Friday at 7pm at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, NY presented by The Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Brian Fallon is internationally renowned for his work on the neurologic and neuropsychiatric aspects of Lyme disease. Dr. Fallon’s work has also included diagnostics and treatment studies. The Columbia University Tick-borne Disease Research Center was established as the first academic research center in the country to focus multi disciplinary research on chronic Lyme disease.

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A freshman New York state senator from the Dutchess County is chair of a task force concerning Lyme disease while the Assembly has formed a group on climate change.

Study Says Disease-Carrying Ticks Are Emerging Earlier

Feb 18, 2015
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A new study shows that ticks carrying Lyme disease are emerging earlier and spreading into new geographic regions.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that would protect healthcare providers that treat chronic Lyme disease.

HV Congressmen Call On NY Governor To Sign Lyme Bill

Dec 4, 2014
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Two New York congressmen are the latest voices calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation concerning Lyme disease treatment as state lawmakers wonder about the holdup.

Hudson Valley Congressmen Chris Gibson, a Republican, and Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat, have teamed up to urge Governor Cuomo to sign legislation the state legislature passed in June that would essentially expand treatment options for patients suffering from Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. Here’s Gibson.

HV Congressmen Push NY Governor To Sign Lyme Bill

Dec 3, 2014
WAMC / Dave Lucas

Two New York congressmen are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation concerning Lyme disease.

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The House of Representatives has passed a bill authored by a New York Congressman for tick-borne disease research.

House Bill On Tick-Borne Diseases Advances

Jul 31, 2014
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

A tick-borne disease research bill authored by a New York congressman is making progress.

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