Loudoun County, Va. (May 2, 2015) – The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has declared May as “Lyme Disease Awareness Month” in Loudoun County. The Board’s proclamation notes that incidents of Lyme disease increase in warm weather when people and pets spend more time outdoors and encourages residents to take precautions against the disease.
In 2013, Loudoun County launched the Loudoun Targets Lyme initiative. Since then, thousands of Loudoun County residents have received information on steps they can take to stay safe from Lyme disease through the webpage www.loudoun.gov/
loudountargetslyme, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ loudountargetslyme, through information sent home from school, and at venues throughout the county.
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.
A 3-D Tick-Safe model that demonstrates ways people can minimize the presence of ticks on their property is on display in the lobby of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg.
More information about ways to prevent Lyme disease is online at www.loudoun.gov/lyme.