Virginia Ticked Off by Tick Increase

Monday, Jun 6, 2011  |  Updated 10:03 AM EDT
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Mystery Ticks in Fairfax County

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A Close Up Of An Adult Female, An Adult Male, Nymph And Larva Tick. Ticks Cause An Acute Inflammatory Disease Characterized By Skin Changes, Joint Inflammation, And Flu-Like Symptoms Called Lyme Disease.

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Mystery Ticks in Fairfax County

Health officials in Fairfax County are trying to get rid of a type of tick usually found on the Gulf Coast that has made its way to our area.
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Virginia is seeing an increase in the tick population and the diseases they bring along with them.

Dr. Laura Gateley of the Virginia Department of Health told the Danville Register & Bee that the recent stretch of wet weather as well as a jump in the rodent population are behind the tick population surge.

Gateley said the wet weather leads to more foliage, which attracts ticks, and that woodpiles bring rodents, which commonly host ticks.

To avoid ticks, experts say walk in the middle of mowed trails to avoid brushing against any plants, wear long-sleeved shirts and tuck in your pant legs, and check yourself for ticks every 4 to 6 hours.

For more information on ticks, check out our story from last month, which was aptly titled "Blood-Sucking Ticks Spreading More Disease."

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