Washington, D.C.  – In 2019, Congresswoman Stefanik co-sponsored and helped pass the TICK Act, which developed the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) framework for a national strategy to approach vector-borne diseases. Due to that legislation, the CDC’s recent report indicates that cases of tick-borne Lyme disease may actually be more than 10 times higher than previous records indicated – an alarming but important new discovery that will help fight the spread of tick-borne illnesses.

“Lyme disease is unfortunately an illness that many North Country residents live with,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Throughout my time in Congress, I have met with many constituents and families who are impacted by Lyme disease and advocate for prevention and detection. I am encouraged that the CDC now has a more definitive picture of the impact of Lyme disease in the United States and in the North Country. While tick-borne diseases still pose a serious public health threat, this new data will allow the CDC, lawmakers, and the American people identify new ways to prevent and detect the disease. I will continue to be an outspoken advocate on this issue in Congress.”

A link to the recent CDC report can be found here.