HARRISBURG – Continuing to pave the way for further funding and research for Lyme Disease, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) announced that East Stroudsburg University’s (ESU) Tick Research Lab will receive another $500,000 from the 2019-20 state budget.
“With the number of tick-related illnesses on the rise here in the Commonwealth, this additional funding makes it possible for our tick research lab to function efficiently, aid researchers in processing tick-tests, providing timely results and improve their marketing efforts,” said Brown.
ESU’s Tick Research Lab provides a FREE base test on ticks submitted for Lyme disease as well as three additional tests based on the species of tick. Pennsylvanians can send a tick sample to the lab and receive the test results. These samples can be mailed to 562 Independence Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.
This is yet another milestone for Brown as she has actively advocated for Lyme disease and tick-borne illness prevention and additional state research regarding the large volume of positive Lyme disease cases.
In addition to this funding, Brown will be hosting Rep. Kathy Rapp (Crawford/Forest/Warren), chairwoman of the House Health Committee, and other committee members for a public hearing on Monday, Sept. 9, beginning at 10 a.m., at the ESU Innovation Center, 562 Independence Road, East Stroudsburg, to discuss Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses as well as what the state’s next steps are in combatting this Pennsylvania health crisis.
As a legislator, Brown has also sponsored two pieces of legislation to help prevent the spread of Lyme disease in Pennsylvania.
House Bill 94
would require school nurses to remove a tick when it is found on a child during the school day, notify the parent or guardian with medical information and resources, and to store the tick for seven days.
House Bill 96
would require physicians to complete two hours of continuing medical education focused on Lyme disease and related tick-borne illnesses to help physicians receive the most up-to-date information on pathogens, testing parameters, patient symptom profiles and current treatment options.
For more information about ESU’s Tick Research Lab and free tick testing, residents can visit their website ticklab.org
Representative Rosemary M. Brown
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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