By Mara Certic
New York Senator Kenneth LaValle released the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases report on Wednesday, June 18, calling for formation of a Department of Health State Action Plan in order to reduce the number of infections and increase detection, diagnosis and treatment.
The taskforce was brought together in October to address the rising concerns about the spread of tick-borne diseases in New York State. In the report, the committee recommended that the Department of Health’s State Action Plan include educational, preventative and diagnostic measures.
These would include—but not be limited to—a statewide educational campaign, increasing the number of “4-poster devices,” which apply insecticide to feeding deer; facilitating clinical trials and reviewing the insurance coverage of Lyme and tick-borne disease treatment in the state.
The taskforce emphasized the importance of helping the Department of Health to collect more data about Lyme and tick-borne illness occurrences throughout the State; a large number of cases, they say, remain unreported.