Two Lyme disease bills signed into New York law
On July 21, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed two bills related to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. One provides for educational materials written for school age children, and the other requires a public awareness program for how to avoid getting bitten by ticks. The bills were introduced by Senator Sue Serino and Assembly Member Didi Barrett.
“As the mother of a son who still suffers the debilitating symptoms of Lyme after being bitten by a tick as child, I know first-hand just how important it is to provide our children with the information they need to keep themselves safe,” said Senator Serino.
“These diseases are especially dangerous if they go undetected for long periods of time. As a first line of defense against Lyme and TBDs, it is absolutely critical that we give our kids the tools they need to recognize a tick and teach them what to do should they find one.”
The bills, slated to take effect immediately, passed both houses of the legislature almost unanimously. According to Ira Auerbach, of the Hudson Valley Lyme Disease Association, “In this day of partisan politics, it is immensely rewarding to see members of both political parties working together to solve issues for their constituents.”