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Lyme Disease is on the rise in Northern Virginia and doctors say it is key to know how to prevent contraction.
Lyme Disease is caused by a bacteria infection transmitted to humans by black-legged ticks, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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Lyme disease is prevalent in Northern Virginia, and local immunologist Dr. Srinagesh Paluvoi cautions his patients to be aware of ticks when outdoors.
â€œWe see a lot more cases of tick bites and Lyme Disease in the summer, when more people have their skin exposed and are spending more time with outdoor activities,â€ said Paluvoi, who practices in Gainesville and Leesburg. â€œPrevention of Lyme disease is key, knowing what to look for, and more importantly, how to prevent the initial tick bite.â€
Paluvoi recommends these top 10 tips to help avoid tick bites: