(WBNG) -- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called upon congress Wednesday to increase the funding for tick-borne disease research programs.
The increased funding would provide an additional $50 million to the Department of Defense and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
This money will be used to support innovative research that addresses knowledge gaps related to tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease, prevention strategies, diagnostic tools, and tailored treatments.
In recent years, much of New York has experienced an explosion of ticks along with the diseases they can transmit.
Senator Gillibrand explained that experts attribute the increase in ticks to warming temperatures.
She goes on to say that because New York now has warmer weather linger into the Spring and into the Fall it gives the ticks more time to thrive.
This combined with "not enough cold days" during the winter months to kill off ticks.
Over the past ten years, the number of Lyme Disease cases has more than doubled in the United States. Experts estimate that it cost Americans more than $1.3 billion.