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Senator Collins calls for $ 100 million to combat tick-borne diseases

Susan Collins, Senator of Maine, presented a bill on Thursday that raised more than US $ 100 million for the fight against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases into a public health threat which requires a comprehensive federal response. If the bill becomes law, it would be the highest level of federal spending ever approved for tick-borne diseases, the Collins office said. The TICK law was introduced with Senator Tina Smith, D-Minnesota, and co-sponsored by independent Senator Angus King of Maine.

"Tick-borne diseases have become a major public health problem, as the incidence has exploded in the past 15 years," said Collins. "These diseases pose a serious risk to our public health and seriously endanger our families and communities. The sooner we recognize these risks and coordinate our efforts to overcome, the better for all of us. Maine had reported 1

,370 cases of Lyme in 2018, down from the record of 1,852 cases in 2017, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said. The decline was the first year-on-year decline since 2015, and scientists say this may have been caused by recent hot and dry summers. In most years since 2011, the number of Lyme cases has increased, well above the few hundred cases a year in the early to mid-2000s.

Nationally, about 30,000 diagnosed Lyme cases are reported annually, although the US CDC estimates that the actual number is about ten times higher – 300,000 to 350,000 Lyme cases per year – as many infected individuals are not tested or tested, but the results are not forwarded to government agencies. Most Lyme Falls are concentrated in the Northeast and Midwest.

Under the TICK Act, the US CDC is to receive a total of $ 20 million in grants for "data collection and analysis, support for early detection and diagnosis, improvement of treatment and treatment" by 2026. Sensitization. "

The bill also provides for the establishment of an agency for the monitoring and coordination of vector-borne diseases at the US Department of Health and Human Services and the renewed approval of regional competence centers for vector-borne diseases for another five years We need a coordinated and aggressive response from all levels of government and the private sector to curb the rapid increase in this disease, "King said in a written statement. Other tick-borne diseases in Maine – which are also transmitted through the deer tick – include anaplasmosis and babesiosis. There were 476 anaplasmosis cases in Maine in 2018 and 101 cases of babesiosis.