News to Use Podcast Transcript: May 2, 2012


Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for May 2, 2012. Coming up, learn about Lyme disease, Building Safety Month, Fairfax County’s farmers markets and staying current with county news. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

The Board of Supervisors has proclaimed May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Fairfax County.  Lyme disease is spread through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Only the blacklegged, or deer tick, transmits the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, a bull’s-eye rash (not every person infected with the Lyme disease bacteria gets this rash); fever; headache; achy muscles and joints; and fatigue. The Fairfax County Health Department encourages you to protect yourself and your family:

  • First, avoid direct contact with ticks. Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter and walk in the center of trails.

  • Use a repellent containing DEET.

  • Wear long, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. It's easier to see ticks when they are crawling on light-colored clothes.

  • Use permethrin on clothing. Permethrin kills ticks and there are formulations to treat your clothes sold at sporting goods stores.

  • Check for ticks. While outside, take breaks to check yourself for ticks. Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you. Do a thorough check at the end of the day; use a mirror or have someone help you check the hard-to-see places on your body.

  • Promptly remove any attached ticks. Don’t panic if you find an attached tick, and be sure to examine your gear and pets.

If you think you have Lyme disease or are concerned that you may have contracted a tick-borne illness, consult your physician as soon as possible. Find out how to safely remove a tick and other information about Lyme disease online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/westnile/lyme-disease.htm.

Fairfax County recognizes May as Building Safety Month to focus attention on the importance of the building code and the role of code enforcement professionals. Building codes protect people and property because they ensure buildings are properly constructed and safe. To mark Building Safety Month, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works, in partnership with five other local governments, has planned several events where residents can get free advice from building inspectors and engineers on how to make their homes safe. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/construction/safetymonth.htm. That address again is www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/construction/safetymonth.htm. To schedule a presentation on building safety, contact the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services - Land Development Services at 703-324-1910.

 

May signals the opening of farmers markets in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County farmers markets are a “producer-only,” locally grown, market system. All vendors come from within a 125-mile radius from Fairfax County and must grow or produce all products they sell at the market. The farmers markets offer shoppers the opportunity to ask questions and connect with the farmers and producers. Supporting local farmers helps preserve farmland while protecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. For more information, including locations, directions and a list of vendors at each market go online to the Park Authority Web page or contact the Community Horticulture Office at 703-642-0128.

 

Finally, , stay up-to-date with Fairfax County on Facebook at facebook.com/fairfaxcounty. You can also follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government at twitter.com/fairfaxcounty. And for a comprehensive list of news headlines, photos, videos, social media, email newsletters, events and more, visit the Fairfax County NewsWire at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news.


That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  


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