ACCOMAC, Va.- Accomack County has been labeled an endemic locality for ticks carrying Lyme disease. This means the ticks are prevalent in the area.
Since 2007 there have been 500 positive Lyme disease lab reports for humans in Accomack County.
"It's now normal, we live we coexist with ticks in this population that are now infected with the organism that transmits Lyme disease," said Henry Kurban, director of the Eastern Shore (of Virginia) Health District. "I would just say that people, when they go about their daily routine, should be cautious about taking those measures that are appropriate to prevent tick bites."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, 94 percent of all Lyme disease cases were from 12 U.S. states. Three of the states were Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.