Information about Lyme Disease in Loudoun County
Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that some people get after being bitten by ticks infected with an organism named Borrelia burgdorferi. The organism that causes Lyme disease is maintained in wild rodents, deer, other mammals and certain ticks, most commonly the black-legged (deer) tick. It is transferred to people by the bite of an infected tick.
People of any age and in any part of Loudoun County can get Lyme disease. Infections occur throughout the year, but are more common during the late spring and summer and in people who work or play outdoors. Dogs, cats and horses can also get Lyme disease.
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 August 2013 as a model program by the Virginia Association of Counties
Loudoun County has many resources available to help promote community awareness about the prevention of Lyme disease, including frequently asked questions, links to information, and brochures that you may view and print, including "Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in Loudoun County. You may click on the image at right to view the brochure.
Consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & prevention (CDC), the Loudoun County Health Department does not test ticks for the infection that causes Lyme or other diseases. Tick species can be identified by the Health Department; to schedule an appointment, call 703-777-0234.
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