Faso, Maloney seek better data on Lyme cases

Reps. John Faso and Sean Patrick Maloney are among a dozen House members from both parties asking the administration for better tracking of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses and the government’s programs to combat them.

In a letter on Oct. 27 to the Department of Health and Human Services’ acting director, Eric Hargan, the House members dove into the regulatory details of those programs, suggesting three “performance indicators” and five “strategic objectives” HHS should use. The objectives included better coordination among state and federal health agencies and more research on reducing the tick population.

In a press release announcing that letter on Wednesday, Faso said he and his colleagues offered their recommendations out of concern that measuring the progress of the tick-disease programs has been difficult. He said the improved data they sought would help Congress make funding decision for programs through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Upstate individuals and families are unfortunately very familiar with the perils of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease,” the Kinderhook Republican said in his press release. “This is why I have made it a priority in Congress to advance efforts to improve research and awareness to ultimately prevent future cases and mitigate the harmful effects of the disease.”

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