NEWS: Lawmakers push for national Lyme disease strategy
Senators Jack Reed, RI, and Richard Blumenthal, CT, say the need is urgent.
By MICHELLE R. SMITH
Associated Press Writer / July 12, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group of lawmakers is pushing for a national strategy to combat Lyme disease aimed at speeding advances in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the sometimes serious illness that infects tens of thousands of people every year.
‘‘The tick problem is growing. The Lyme disease problem is growing,’’ said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., a cosponsor of the bill in the U.S. Senate. ‘‘This requires resources.’’
The legislation provides for the establishment of an advisory committee made up of researchers, patient advocates and agencies, as well as the coordination of support for developing better diagnostic tests, surveillance, research and other efforts.