Gov. McDonnell Recognizes May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Governor McDonnell is making the fight against Lyme Disease a priority, by recognizing May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month

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May 8, 2013

Governor McDonnell is making the fight against Lyme Disease a priority, by recognizing May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month

The Governor’s Mansion will be lit up green on Thursday, May 16 to commemorate the observance.

Governor McDonnell worked with the General Assembly to pass the Lyme Disease Testing Information Disclosure Act of 2013. Virginia is now the first state to require health care providers to notify anyone tested for Lyme that current laboratory testing can produce false negatives, especially in the early stage of the disease.

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. The Virginia Department of Health reports that there were an estimated 1,110 cases of Lyme disease in the state in 2012, up 9 percent from 2011. Cases were reported in all regions of the state.

Early symptoms of Lyme disease may include headache, stiff neck, fever, muscle aches, and fatigue. If left untreated or if treatment is delayed, the disease can become chronic with serious, debilitating complications, such as joint pain and swelling, heart disease, neurological problems (e.g., Bell’s palsy), dizziness, irritability, ADHD-like symptoms, cognitive dysfunction, muscle weakness and neuropathy.

For more information about Lyme disease, please contact Monte Skall at 703-821-8833 or visit the NatCapLyme website.


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