The New York state senate has created a task force dedicated to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, officials announced Monday.
The new task force will “examine state and federal efforts to combat the continued spread of these diseases and make recommendations for a plan to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment.”
State Senator David Carlucci, D-New City, will be among the three co-chairs of the committee. The others are Senator Kemp Hannon R.-Garden City and Senator Elizabeth Little R-Queensbury.
Lyme disease and its treatment remains very controversial. Many physicians and researchers contend that the illness is easily cured with a short dose of antibiotics. Others maintain that the disease can cause chronic symptoms and requires long-term medication.