Fighting Lyme Disease

Zephyr Teachout will be a champion for the prevention and treatment of Lyme disease.

Here in New York’s 19th District, we live at ground zero in the fight against Lyme, and Lyme disease incidents are rising nationally.  In 2015, the CDC reported a 320% increase in Lyme disease cases over the past twenty years — and many scientists think that is a low-end estimate.

Lyme threatens to destabilize the bedrock of New York’s economy: the health and well-being of its people. According to the New York State Department of Health, there is a 22% statewide disability rate.  Many of the listed disabilities are known or believed to be associated with Lyme. Yet, because of insufficient diagnostic tools, we do not know how many of these people suffer from – or how much of our disability payments are a result of – tick-borne disease.  

Too many of us have a loved one who lives with Lyme disease. The effects of chronic Lyme are wide-ranging and heart-breaking, and can cause serious problems with the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, heart and circulation, digestion, reproductive system, and skin.

In Congress, Zephyr will be a strong fighter against this invisible epidemic by:

  • Advocating for the swift enactment of the bill introduced by our current Representative, Chris Gibson, the “Tick-Borne Disease Research Transparency and Accountability Act.”

  • Raising awareness of this critical issue in Congress and throughout the 19th District and supporting the creation of a high profile “Lyme Awareness Month” in April.

  • Uniting with other members of Congress to make a strong economic case for the need for increased research into diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Lyme.