U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal pushing for Lyme Disease bill

From: WTNH-TV

Senator pushing for Lyme Disease bill

By Sara Welch, WTNH-TV, New Haven, Connecticut

July 18, 2011

New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal spent some time in New Haven talking about Lyme Disease legislation.

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Joined by Lyme Disease experts and researchers at the experiment station, Blumenthal announced his plan to improve diagnostic tools, boost education and reporting and increase support and prevention. In 2009, some 30,000 cases were reported nationwide, but researchers know that’s 10-12 percent of cases that actually occur because Lyme disease is frequently undiagnosed.

“Although Lyme disease is on the rise public funding for this lags behind comparable illnesses,” Blumenthal said. “It’s time to take Lyme and tick born diseases off the back burner where it has languished underfunded, misunderstood and laden with political controversy.”

Untreated chronic Lyme disease can be devastating, but if caught early enough it can be cured. And like the fight against Malaria years before, researchers are hopeful that the Senator’s bill will one help lead to eradicating the tick-borne illness.

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