New Loudoun Lyme Brochure – County Seeks Public Input
Per a May 6 announcement at www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2610, Loudoun County is seeking public comment on a proposed revision to the Lyme disease awareness and prevention brochure, now posted at www.loudoun.gov/tickbrochure. Comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, and will be accepted through May 15, 2015.
Today, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy submitted the following remarks.
Dear Loudoun Lyme Disease Commission members –
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is pleased to have the opportunity to review your new draft Loudoun Targets Lyme brochure.
We would like to thank your Commission for the approach you are taking in developing new materials for Loudoun County. We appreciate your new draft brochure’s emphasis on personal protective measures: as discussed in our 2014 paper at www.loudounwildlife.org/PDF_Files/Rebalance_Loudoun_Lyme_Mitigation_Approach.pdf, we have found substantial evidence that these measures are effective in preventing Lyme disease, while also protecting general public and environmental health and allowing for wise use of taxpayer dollars.
We hope that after your new brochure is published, all Loudoun County print and online materials will be revised and replaced as needed for consistency with the points in this brochure.
Additionally, although beyond the scope of the current brochure, we hope that future public information materials will more fully reflect recent research on the complexity of tick ecology, pointing to conservation of diverse wildlife and habitat as one key to reducing the spread of tick-borne diseases. (References include www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22711825 and www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/biodiversity-impacts-lyme-disease).
Thank you again for your service to Loudoun County.