Last week, the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases announced the release of a report that makes a series of recommendations for the state to take with regard to improving research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment for tick-borne illnesses.

The report recommends that the state undertake a Lyme and Tick-Borne disease educational campaign be launched, expanding health insurance requirements to cover tick-related illnesses, and considering the use of an oral bait vaccine could be distributed in the wilderness to kill the disease.

The Task Force also said that it plans to hold a statewide conference on Lyme disease with researchers, including those from Cornell University and Binghamton University.