The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution, sponsored by Legislator Jay Schneiderman, to extend the Tick Control Advisory Committee, at the October 7 general meeting. The committee will be extended until the 2016 Annual Vector Control Plan is adopted by the legislature.
“A primary function of government is to protect public health and welfare,” said Mr. Schneiderman in a press release. “This committee will continue to help Vector Control develop a plan to reduce the incidence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses,” the legislator continued.
The 12-member committee is headed by Dr. Jorge Benach, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and distinguished professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Stony Brook University.
Under a resolution passed by Mr. Schneiderman in 2013, the yearly Suffolk County vector control plan offers a section on the steps being taken to reduce the incidence of tick-borne illnesses. There are multiple types of tick-borne illnesses in Suffolk County, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.