Since Governor Terry McAuliffe has made August 10-16, 2014 Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Week, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone to stay alert and be cautious of ticks and tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease.
With a home tucked away in the woods, I am constantly on the look-out for ticks. These warm summer months are when they are the most active and people and pets are at the most risk.
In 2011, I was a co-sponsor for HJR 643 , which designates every May as “Lyme Disease Awareness Month” in Virginia. As a result of this increased awareness and other publicity, the Commonwealth have continued to address the ever-increasing problem of Lyme disease.
If you think that you may have contracted Lyme Disease please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Lyme Disease Prevention site, which provides information about symptoms and treatment, or the Virginia Department of Health’s Lyme Disease Fact Sheet.
The potential to be exposed to this tick-borne diseases is an ever-present threat and I encourage you to remain cautious. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the information listed on these sites.