By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Senator Sue Serino and Assembly member Didi Barrett recently announced that a chapter amendment to their bill that would require the installation of Lyme and tick-borne disease (TBD) warning signs at state-managed parks has recently been signed into law.
The amendment will allow the state department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to do a needs-based assessment of the state’s parks and trails to determine where the new signage will be most effective.
“One tick-check can make all the difference,” said Senator Sue Serino.“We want New Yorkers to be able to make the most out of all the state parks and trails we have to offer, but we also want to ensure they have the information they need to protect themselves against Lyme and tick-borne diseases when they do. We know from experience that a simple reminder can go a long way in helping people stay tick-free and that’s what this bill is all about. This legislation will make a tangible difference in the lives of New Yorkers and tourists alike, and I thank the Governor and the Office of Parks and Recs for working with us to make this kind of awareness a priority.”
While Lyme and TBDs have long been regarded as problems exclusive to the Hudson Valley and Long Island, they are spreading to other areas of the state where residents and tourists may be unaware of the risk they pose. The bill seeks to ensure that New Yorkers have the tools they need to take appropriate precautions to protect against Lyme and tick-borne diseases as they continue to enjoy all that the state’s parks have to offer. The legislation is part of a multi-pronged approach to combatting the Lyme and TBD epidemic by focusing on prevention, treatment, and education.