Loudoun Targets Lyme!

May 2022

Did you know May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month?

Lyme disease, an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted by the bite of an infected black-legged tick, can affect people of any age. Plus, dogs, cats, and even horses can get Lyme disease too!

Ticks are commonly found in wooded areas, areas with tall grass, and on low vegetation. However, they’re also found in unexpected spaces throughout Loudoun County, including residential yards and neighborhood playgrounds. While May is the official month of awareness, infections (which can occur year-round) are more common in the late spring and summer and in people who work or play outdoors.

The Loudoun County Health Department invites you to learn more about taking preventative measures to both avoid Lyme Disease and take steps to be extra vigilant when ticks are most active. Visit them online and access these resources:

Signs & Symptoms
Lyme Disease Commission
Resources for Children

…and more:

Ticks & Tickborne Diseases in Loudoun County (PDF)
Lyme Disease Information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)