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Lyme Disease & Tick Awareness

tick-k8002-3-USDA-200Lyme disease is here. It’s spreading across the county and the primary culprit is a teensy little arachnid (8-legged critters) called a “tick”. This article includes information to help you learn about the problem with links to a variety of resources to help you understand and prevent the spread of the disease. A Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22 with Fairfax County Supervisors Pat Herrity of Springfield and Michael Frey of the Sully District. Click this to see our page packed with details about the Town Hall Meeting and then click this to see more at Fairfax County’s website. Now continue reading to find links to in-depth information about Lyme Disease and tick prevention.

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Western blacklegged ticks on a finger. Left to right: nymph, adult male, adult female. Source: California Dept. of Health Service

Western blacklegged ticks on a finger. Left to right: nymph, adult male, adult female. Source: California Dept. of Health Service

Who is likely to pick up a tick? Outdoor enthusiasts! Click this to learn more from Judy McBride’s article at USDA.gov about activities that are likely to expose us to ticks.

Tap this link for detailed information about Lyme Disease and ticks (photos,too) at FairfaxCounty.gov.

Click this to see an excellent visual guide for tick identification at FairfaxCounty.gov.

Click to learn how to safely remove a tick.

Then click here to learn about other diseases carried by ticks.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers tips to help families avoid tickborne diseases.

Learn how to make your yard a “tick free zone”.

To learn more about Lyme Disease click this to visit the CDC website.

The USDA has more info with excellent photographic reference for ticks – click this for that.

Ticks don’t come out in the wash — click here for details from Ann Perry at USDA.gov.

Reducing tick populations — learn how the ARS is developing a method to curb the tick population. Click this for details at USDA.gov.

What about Fido? Click this for more about your pets and Lyme Disease at CDC.gov.

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