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Passed Senate amended (10/17/2002)

(Sec. 2) Establishes the Tick-Borne Disorders Advisory Committee in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Directs the Committee to advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary of HHS regarding how to: (1) assure interagency coordination and communication in efforts to address tick-borne disorders; (2) identify opportunities to coordinate efforts with other Federal agencies and private organizations; and (3) develop informed responses to constituency groups regarding HHS' efforts and progress.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 2003 and 2004 to fund the Committee in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

(Sec. 3) Authorizes appropriations for FY 2003 through 2007 for: (1) research and educational activities concerning Lyme disease and other tick-borne disorders; and (2) efforts to prevent such illnesses.

Expresses the sense of the Senate that to achieve the goals of this Act, the Secretary, acting with appropriate consultation, should consider carrying out a five-year plan providing for the coordination of programs and activities.

(Sec. 4) States as goals: (1) the development of a diagnostic test for Lyme disease and other tick-borne disorders for use in clinical testing; (2) the determination of the prevalence of such diseases in the United States; and (3) the development of the capability at HHS to design and implement improved strategies for the prevention and control of such diseases.