Gillibrand Promotes Lyme Disease Research
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited Weill Cornell Medical College Monday to promote research into lyme disease.
Gillibrand said that the disease is one of the fastest-growing public health threats.
"From parks in all of the five boroughs of New York City, to the beaches of Long Island, to the farms of upstate New York, tick-borne diseases are growing and [are] a growing public health crisis," she said.
Lyme disease is caused by tick bites, but it's often misdiagnosed.
Researchers say even many doctors don't know about its long-term effects.
If left untreated, lyme disease can affect the joints, heart and nervous system.