Release, Loudoun County:
As part of Loudoun County’s continuing effort to raise awareness about Lyme disease and its prevention, the Loudoun Lyme Disease Commission has partnered with the Virginia Cooperative Extension-Loudoun and its Master Gardeners to create a 3-D Tick-Safe Model to demonstrate ways people can minimize the presence of ticks on their property.
In March 2012, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors created a 10-Point Action Plan to Mitigate Lyme Disease in Loudoun County, which included the creation of a Lyme Disease Commission and increasing education to the public on steps they can take to stay safe from Lyme disease. Since then, the Loudoun Lyme Disease Commission has been working with community and county partners to increase awareness of these steps, which include keeping ticks away from the home, keeping ticks off the body and off pets, and seeking care promptly should signs or symptoms of Lyme disease occur.
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with the Master Gardeners on this initiative,” said Loudoun Lyme Disease Commission member Janel Vanek. “This hands-on display provides very useful strategies people can use to keep themselves and their families safe in a way that is fun and educational for both children and adults.”
The 3-D Tick-Safe Model will be in the lobby of the Loudoun County Government Center through July 2014 at 1 Harrison Street, S.E., Leesburg, VA 20175.
More information about the Loudoun County Lyme Disease Commission is available online atwww.loudoun.gov/lymecommission or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.