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Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Declares May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Posted on May 4th, 2016
The Board’s proclamation points out that in 2015, 209 Lyme disease cases were reported in Loudoun County, an increase from 192 cases in 2014, but a decrease from the 219 cases in 2012 and 261 cases in 2011. The proclamation also notes that the Loudoun Lyme Disease Commission has worked to implement the 10-Point Plan to Mitigate Lyme Disease in Loudoun County adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2012.
People can decrease their risk of acquiring Lyme and other tick-borne diseases when spending time in tick habitats by taking a bath or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors; conducting a tick check on themselves and their children upon return from potentially tick-infested areas and promptly removing any ticks; wearing light-colored clothing so that ticks are easier to see and remove; tucking pant legs into socks or boots; tucking shirts into pants; and wearing long-sleeved shirts buttoned to the wrist; and applying tick repellant to exposed areas of the body and to clothing that may come into contact with grass or brush.
More information about ways to prevent Lyme disease is online at www.loudoun.gov/lyme.
Glen Barbour, Public Affairs and Communications Officer