November 28, 2018 – A new working group focusing on tick-borne disease, formed by U.S. Health and Human Services, published its first report to Congress, reported Central Jersey. In the report, the working group found an increase Lyme disease cases and echoed Rep. Chris Smith’s call for a comprehensive federal response.

“We have been working for years…to enhance awareness of Lyme disease and push for a coordinated, comprehensive federal response, including more funding of research…Lyme disease is having a direct, devastating impact on my constituents, and through countless meetings, advocacy and pieces of legislation, I have been working to address the needs of the Lyme disease community,” said Rep. Smith, who is the co-chair of the Congressional Lyme Disease Caucus.

“The Congressional Lyme Disease Caucus, which Smith co-chairs, successfully pushed for the inclusion of $5 million in Fiscal Year 2016 funding of tick-borne disease research…Smith also introduced legislation earlier this year, the National Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Control and Accountability Act of 2018 (HR 5900), that would call for a new national strategy on Lyme disease and help coordinate federal efforts across departments and agencies into one comprehensive federal response to tick-borne diseases,” reported Central Jersey.

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