Tick Study By The Cary Institute In Millbrook Gets State Funding

(Millbrook,NY)--One-hundred thousand dollars in state money is going to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook for their Tick Project, a Lyme Disease prevention study.

State Senator Jen Metzger secured the money after 1 million dollars in tick research funding was cut from the state budget.Senator Metzger said the fight against Lyme Disease is personal, “ I am basically the poster child for Lyme in the State Senate, since I’ve had it five times, been diagnosed with it on five, five different times myself.And you know just living in the Hudson Valley it is a sad, sad fact of life. I have so many family members, friends that have had Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.”

Cary Institute President Dr. Joshua Ginsberg says Lyme is the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the country and cases continue to rise.He says the Hudson Valley and Catskills are among the hardest hit regions.

“ The Tick Project is a five-year study to determine whether neighborhood-based prevention measures can reduce human cases of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The study will determine whether two tick control methods, used separately or together, can reduce the number of cases of Lyme disease at the neighborhood level.” 

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