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Tick-borne Diseases in Virginia
"Vector-borne disease" is the term commonly used to describe an illness caused by an infectious microbe that is transmitted to people by blood-sucking arthropods. The term “vector” refers to any arthropod that transmits a disease through feeding activity. Visit the Virginia Department of Health to learn more. http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/vector-borne-disease-control/downloadable-tick-borne-disease-materials/
While we hear a lot about Lyme disease, ticks carry other diseases as well. Download the Preventing Tick Borne Diseases brochure from the Virginia Department of Health: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/DEE/Vectorborne/documents/Brochure_8.5x11.pdf
Common Ticks of Virginia: tick identification chart
See the spread of Lyme disease in Virginia from 2000-2011: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/20/10/13-0782-f2