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Posted at 8:54 AM ET, 06/ 4/2010

Lyme disease spreading in Virginia

By Mike McPhate

Health officials say Lyme disease is spreading in Virginia but they're not sure why.

Cases of the tick-borne disease in the state have topped 900 since 2007, when the number nearly tripled to 945. There were 909 cases reported in 2009.

Dr. Keri Hall with the Virginia Department of Health says it's likely that not all cases are reported and the number could be higher.

Lyme disease mostly had been concentrated in northern Virginia. But health officials say the disease is spreading west and south.

Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoketimes.com

-- Associated Press

By Mike McPhate  | June 4, 2010; 8:54 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  lyme disease, virginia  
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I noticed more ticks than usual in my DC garden this past week.

Posted by: ellocin1 | June 4, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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