$2.5 million proposed to help combat Lyme disease

In Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed 2018-19 budget, he includes $2.5 million in funding to combat Lyme disease in the state of Pennsylvania. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says the proposed funds will help build a more 'robust' Lyme disease prevention and education program, hire staff at the Department of Health to implement recommendations, and improve participation in tick-borne disease surveillance with providers and health departments. 

“Lyme disease is a devastating illness affecting thousands of Pennsylvanians each year,” Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said in a news release. “This funding will, for the first time, dedicate resources to our surveillance efforts so we can target resources and educate residents on prevention.”

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