I'm living proof that Lyme disease is a common problem here in Loudoun County Virginia. I've been infected with it twice.
Both times, I was lucky, detected the infection early and was successfully treated with antibiotics. Because I make my living in the outdoors and spend a great deal of my free time outside too, I'm always on the lookout for they tiny blacklegged deer ticks that carry Lyme disease. So when I came down with symptoms, I knew where the tick bites were and knew I'd better get tested and treated.
But many people overlook these ticks, and some suffer from Lyme for years before they even know what's wrong with them.
With the warm winter we've had, 2012 could be a big year for deer ticks, especially here in Loudoun County, where some have already called Lyme disease an "epidemic." For more on what the weather means for this year's tick season, please read my post on the Blake Landscapes Horticulture Blog at www.blakelandscapes.net. . .