Lyme disease research funding to increase by $2 millionPhoto: MGN.

Created: December 20, 2019 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHEC) — $14 million in federal funding is set aside in next year’s spending bill to combat Lyme disease.

According to U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, that’s a $2 million increase.

They say Upstate New York is the number one target for tick-borne diseases in the nation.

The funding will be used to study, identify and prevent exposure to pathogens that cause Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

The Kay Hagan Tick Act is also included in the bill. It requires HHS to develop a national strategy for vector-borne illnesses and reauthorizes the Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease for five years at $10 million per year.