The bill also would expand research into Lyme disease, improve education, and require the government produce a report to educate doctors and other health professionals on the latest research and treatment options for the disease.
I have never been one to get real hyper about germs, insects or other possible culprits that may affect your health. And I must admit I have secretly smiled when hearing that people were going to start covering themselves when mowing the lawn or hiking.
After hearing of my friend’s death, however, I’m starting to wonder.
It certainly is time for the federal government to get more involved in tick-borne diseases, and after decades of indecision over diagnoses, it is past time for the health community to be more up-to-date on the illnesses.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.