Tick-Borne Diseases Awareness Week


WHEREAS, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, in conjunction with the Virginia State Board of Health, has designated the week beginning August 10, 2014, as Tick-Borne Awareness Week; and

WHEREAS, a variety of tick-borne diseases afflict both people and animals in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the number of tick-borne diseases reported each year is increasing in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Virginia residents are urged to protect themselves, their families, and their pets by taking precautions when spending time in outdoor, tick-prone areas; and

WHEREAS, educating Virginians about the serious nature of tick-borne diseases is critical to safeguarding both human and animal health; and

WHEREAS, through increased awareness, the Commonwealth of Virginia hopes to reduce the number of people and pets affected by tick-borne diseases each year;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 10-16, 2014, as TICK-BORNE DISEASES AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.