Gibson co-sponsors Lyme disease legislation

According to the Lyme Disease Association, New York State had the highest number of reported cases of Lyme disease in the country from 1990 to 2008, with the number of instances of occurrence increasing each year.

Excerpted from  the Adirondack Daily Enterprise  ( Posted: 07/19/2011 ) 

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, is co-sponsoring legislation to focus attention on issues surrounding Lyme and other tick-born diseases.

The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2011 would establish an advisory committee to address the issue at a national level.

It would authorize spending $250,000 per year. The committee, composed of scientists, representatives of government agencies, health care providers and patient representatives, would be charged with advising federal agencies on priorities related to Lyme and tick-borne disease, and be charged with “ensuring that a broad spectrum of scientific and stake-holder viewpoints are represented in public health policy decisions and that information disseminated to the public and physicians is balanced,” according to the press release from Gibson’s office.

“This important legislation expands federal efforts concerning the prevention, education, treatment, and research activities on Lyme Disease,” Gibson said. “In meetings with constituents and health care providers across New York, this is an issue that has been repeatedly brought to my attention. This bill is a vital first step in our efforts to more appropriately detect and provide care for individuals suffering from Lyme Disease and I look forward to working with my colleagues to shine a spotlight on the growing rate of Lyme disease in our country and its significant impact on many Americans.”

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~ by Rob on July 20, 2011.

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