Long Island receives $130M funding to boost vaccine development, research of tick-borne diseases

Long Island receives $130M funding to boost vaccine development, research of tick-borne diseases

Officials say Long Island is gearing up to battle ticks this summer.
Sen. Charles Schumer announced $130 million in funding Monday morning in response to an expected surge of tick-borne diseases this summer.
The announcement comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues a warning on the rising cases of Lyme babesiosis and Powassan disease -- especially in the northeast.
Part of the money will be used to finalize the development of a Lyme disease vaccine.
The funding will also support local surveillance, education and research on tick-borne illnesses.