Keating Files Lyme Education and Treatment Bill

Jun 26, 2017

Credit Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Ticks are on the rise throughout New England, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme disease and other illnesses associated with tick bites.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease nationwide each year, but some officials say that due to underreporting, the number of actual cases could be much higher.

U.S. Congressman Bill Keating introduced a bill in June to help the CDC update its tick reporting and educational information.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Keating about the bill, and about the mood in Washington D.C.