Virginia Tech research confirms 1 in 3 Deer Ticks in Giles and Pulaski Counties have Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease is the 6th fastest growing Disease in the United States according to the CDC.  Giles Co. has 9 times more cases of Lyme Disease  in 2012 than in 2011 .The VDH says the New River Valley has record number of cases for 2012......Giles County has reported cases of Lyme disease since the early 1990s, as well as other tick-borne diseases like Rocky-Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, and Ehrlichiosis Bartonella.

As of 2010, the Virginia State Health Department declared Giles County endemic for Lyme disease. 1,245 cases of Lyme disease were reported in Virginia in 2010. According to the Center for Disease Control, the numbers of unreported cases may be ten times as high.

Lyme disease is contracted from the bite of an infected tick.  A circular red rash sometimes shows up with the tick bite. This is an early warning to seek medical treatment.  When diagnosed early and treated aggressively,  antibiotic treatment can cure the infection.  Other cases require a longer duration of antibiotic therapy.

Anyone bitten by a tick should save the tick so we can check the Tick Identification Guide. If it is a tick known to carry Lyme disease, we can send it to a lab to be tested for a charge of $75. For help identifying a tick, please contact me, Mauricia Shanks, using the information provided on the "contact us" page.  Remember, Lyme disease can be prevented.

For more information about Lyme disease and its symptoms, treatments, and prevention, please visit the National Capital Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Association 


        Lyme Disease Symptoms:

Some early symptoms are headache, flu-like symptoms, joint pain, stiff neck, fever, muscle aches, fatigue, or a possible skin rash called erythema migrants may develop at the site of the bite or can be any where on your body.Many people never get a EM  Rash or it's in a  place that's  hard to see.

Some late symptoms are "Lyme Arthritis "with joint pain and swelling, heart complications, dizziness,memory and concentration  impairment, ADHD-like symptoms,  irritability, muscle, bone, and tendon pain, sight change,light sensitivity,anxiety.Please visit  for all your  question .                                                                              Lyme disease is only one of many  tick- borne  disease' s we can be infected with one tick bite.Always save the tick..each type of tick carries different types of disease ...If you can identify the tick and you 

get sick ...It will help your Doctor to treat you more quickly.....Lyme disease is a very time sensitive  disease !!!

  • According to the VDH, if not treated or not treated properly, some patients may develop 
    , neurological problems, and/or heart problems weeks to months later. 


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