Programs To Combat Lyme Disease, West Nile

From today's Fairfax Extra:

The county Board of Supervisors has approved this year's program to control the West Nile virus and Lyme disease.

The program includes the spraying of larvicide in mosquito breeding areas such as storm-water catch basins in May through October. County officials also will conduct a community outreach and education program to increase awareness of West Nile virus.

Part of the program involves monitoring and documenting the number of human infections. There were no human cases in Fairfax last year, but between 2002 and 2004, there were 17 cases and two deaths.

The Lyme disease effort centers on surveillance of ticks, which carry the disease.

By  |  January 26, 2006; 11:28 AM ET  | Category:  Government , Health Care, Hospitals
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