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A RECORD NUMBER OF LYME DISEASE CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND THIS YEAR.
ABC 7 News myTAKE - What's Your Opinion?IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY THE DISEASE HAS REACHED EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS ACCORDING TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.
AND THERE ARE COUNTIES IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA REPORTING RECORD HIGH LEVELS OF THE DISEASE.
MEDICAL REPORTER KATHY FOWLER CONTINUES OUR INVESTIGATION INTO THE GREAT LYME DISEASE DEBATE.
NO ONE KNOWS EXACTLY WHY THERE'S SUCH A SPIKE IN LYME DISEASE IN MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA. IT COULD BE BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE ARE MOVING INTO TICK HABITATS OR INCREASED AWARENESS IN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY.
EITHER WAY, ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS, AND WHOLE FAMILIES ARE BEING DEBILITATED BY THIS INFECTIOUS DISEASE.
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR THE SIEGEL FAMILY, SUSAN AND HER TWO DAUGHTERS LEXI AND ZOE ALL FEEL WELL ENOUGH TO WALK THE DOGS. THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. THIS ENTIRE ROCKVILLE FAMILY IS SICK WITH LYME DISEASE.
Lexi Siegel: "There's the memory loss then there's the joint pain and the fatigue."
Zoe Siegel: "I think it's really bad and it sucks and I just really want to get better."
IT'S THE SAME STORY FOR THIS POTOMAC FAMILY.... SUSAN AVJIAN SAYS 4 OUT OF 5 FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR LYME.
Susan Avjian: "Lyme is here it's in the whole community."
THE DISEASE IS SO PERVASIVE, ESPECIALLY IN PARTIALLY WOODED NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE THIS ONE IN POTOMAC. MIMI SEGAL SAYS AT LEAST A DOZEN PEOPLE IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD ALONE HAVE THIS DISEASE.
Mimi Segal: "How many have Lyme disease?"
IT'S A HUGE PROBLEM BUT DURING THIS NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING TO UPDATE PEOPLE ABOUT A TICK REDUCTION PROGRAM - NOT MANY SHOWED UP. PEOPLE DID " NOT" WANT TO BE ON TV. THIS IS SUCH A LYME ENDEMIC NEIGHBORHOOD, PEOPLE WORRY - IF WORD GETS OUT, HOME VALUES WILL DECREASE.
BUT IT'S NOT JUST A PROBLEM IN MARYLAND .... NORTHERN VIRGINIA IS ALSO DEALING WITH AN INCREASE IN DIAGNOSIS.
"Loudoun and Fairfax do have a high incidence of human lyme disease that's reported"
WE WENT ON A TICK HUNT WITH A GROUP OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS IN FAIRFAX COUNTY.
IT'S OCTOBER, MOST TICKS SHOULD BE DEAD, BUT THIS WOODED AREA NEAR A HOUSING COMPLEX IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE COUNTY IS SUCH A HOTBED OF TICK ACTIVITY WE WERE INSTRUCTED NOT TO TAKE CHANCES. WE COVERED OUR SKIN WITH CLOTHES AND INSECT REPELLANT CONTAINING 30% DEET.
Jorge Ardias: "Get your socks inside your pants."
THEN IT WAS TIME TO SET THE TRAPS.... TICKS ARE ATTRACTED TO CO2 - FROM THE BREATH OF ANIMALS AND PEOPLE.
Jorge Arias: "A container that has dry ice and dry ice produces CO2."
A DAY LATER, WE GO BACK TO WESTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY TO CHECK THE TRAPS.... WE SEE DEER THE MAIN CARRIERS. AND EVEN TICKS THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.
"There's a nymph right here."
There you go there's two of them right there."
TODAY THERE WERE LESS THAN HALF A DOZEN .... BUT PREVIOUS SURVEILLANCE MISSIONS HAVE CAUGHT HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF TICKS IN THIS VERY SPOT.
"If it was june we'd be fighting them off with sticks."
BUT FOR NOW, RESIDENTS HAVE TO FIGHT OFF TICKS BY THEMSELVES.... TO DATE THERE ARE NO TICK REDUCTION PROGRAMS UNDERWAY IN MONTGOMERY, FAIRFAX OR LOUDOUN COUNTIES, DESPITE REPEATED REQUESTS FROM RESIDENTS.
Susan Avjian: "It doesn't make sense that nothing been done to try to be more preventative."
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For More Information:
National Capital Lyme Disease Association: http://natcaplyme.org/
IDSA's Position: http://www.idsociety.org/lymedisease.htm
Chronic Disease: http://www.ilads.org
Patient Advocacy: http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org