ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Charles Schumer is in Albany on Tuesday calling on the Centers for Disease Control to allocate federal resources to study Powassan virus and other tick-borne illnesses further.
The senator is pushing for new legislation aimed to help with research treatment prevention and education, saying a major problem with tick-borne illnesses right now is a lack of correct diagnosis and funding for research.
The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education and Research Act would expand research into Lyme disease, improve education, and require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to produce a report to educate doctors and other health professionals on the latest research and treatment options for diseases such as Powassan.
Powassan virus is a tick-borne illness that is more debilitating than Lyme disease. The virus sets in quickly and has no cure. It has been found to be fatal in 30 percent of cases since 2004 statewide.
There has been one confirmed human case in Saratoga County, and several ticks have tested positive within the Capital Region.