Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is highlighting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Framework for the Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases in Humans. To address the growing threat to public health, the CDC, five federal departments, and the Environmental Protection Agency developed a joint National Public Health Framework. The goals of this Framework are to better understand vector-borne diseases, develop tools and guidance for detection and prevention, develop effective drugs and treatment strategies, and disseminate public health information and programs to prevent and respond. Congresswoman Stefanik was a cosponsor of the TICK Act, legislation that developed this national strategy for vector-borne diseases at the CDC, that was signed into law last year as part of the year end spending package.

“There are an estimated 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease in the United States each year, and it is an illness that, unfortunately, many North Country residents live with,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Throughout my time in Congress, I have met with many constituents and families who are affected by Lyme Disease. I am continually supportive of programs and initiatives, much like this new framework at the CDC, that provide resources and support public health as we address vector-borne disease, like Lyme. I commend the CDC for their efforts, and I will continue to be an outspoken advocate on this issue in Congress.”

Learn more about the CDC’s Framework for the Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Disease here.