The amendment to an existing bill marks the first increase in CDC Lyme funding in five years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is increasing funding for Lyme disease research by more than $1 million.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the amendment to an existing bill marks the first increase in CDC Lyme funding in five years.

He says the 12 percent increase in funding from $10.7 million to $12 million will be used to "support the all-out state and local war against tick-borne diseases," as New York state is the top target for tick-related disease in the country.

The boost in funding will be specifically used to study and prevent exposure to pathogens that cause Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.