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Lyme Disease education bill passes N.Y. Senate

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Posted at 8:36 AM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 08:36:50-04

New York schoolchildren would learn about Lyme disease under a bill before Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Dutchess County Senator Sue Serino says legislation she sponsored would require state health, education and environmental officials to collaborate on developing age-appropriate materials to teach students how to prevent the tick-borne disease.

The Senate and Assembly passed the bill last week.

Serino says the legislation is needed because children are vulnerable to contracting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases but may not know how to identify a tick or what to do if they find one.