The U.S. House of Representatives has approved funding to expand Lyme disease research.
“The increase in funding achieved through my amendment will help CDC develop better diagnostic tests for Lyme, expand tick surveillance activities across the US and strengthen the federal government’s overall strategy to combat Lyme,” Smith said.
According to Smith, more than 800,000 New Jerseyans have contracted Lyme disease over the last two decades.
The passage of Smith’s amendment by the Democratic-controlled House follows unanimous approval last month of Smith’s bid to investigate the possible use of ticks by the Department of Defense’s bio-weapons program.
“If the investigation concludes our government’s bioweapons program did not contribute to the proliferation of Lyme, we turn the page,” Smith said. “If it did, hopefully this investigation and research will contribute to a cure.”