Loudoun County, Va. (May 9, 2015) – Loudoun County is seeking public comment on a proposed revision to the county’s Lyme disease awareness and prevention brochure.
The proposed replacement brochure is a joint product of the Loudoun Lyme Disease Commission and the Loudoun County Health Department and is intended to provide information on how to stay safe from Lyme disease to people who live in, work in, or visit Loudoun County. Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that some people get after being bitten by ticks infected with an organism named Borrelia burgdorferi. Infections occur throughout the year, but are more common during the late spring and summer and in people who work or play outdoors.
A copy of the English version of the proposed brochure is available online at www.loudoun.gov/tickbrochure. Comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be accepted through May 15, 2015.
In 2012, the Board of Supervisors – in recognition of the seriousness of Lyme disease – declared 2012 “Lyme Disease Awareness Year,” created the Loudoun Lyme Disease Commission, and adopted a 10-point action plan to mitigate Lyme disease These efforts were recognized in 2013 as a model program by the Virginia Association of Counties. The Board of Supervisors has also declared May 2015 as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
More information about the county’s efforts to prevent Lyme disease is online at www.loudoun.gov/lyme.