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TV Show Spotlights Lyme Disease Prevention and Emergency Medical Services
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TV Show Spotlights Lyme Disease Prevention and Emergency Medical Services

The new edition of “Inside Loudoun County” features segments on Lyme disease prevention and emergency medical services (EMS) in Loudoun County.

The guest in the first segment of the show is Dr. David Goodfriend, Loudoun County Health Department Director. He discusses ways people can protect themselves from Lyme disease as well as other warm-weather problems such as West Nile virus and exposure to the sun. Lyme disease infections occur throughout the year, but are more common during the late spring and summer and in people who work or play outdoors. Goodfriend highlights steps people can take to reduce their chances of getting bitten by a tick that carries the organism that causes Lyme disease. He says Lyme disease is treatable if detected early, so awareness of the disease is a key to staying healthy. More information about Lyme disease, including a description of the first sign of infection, is available online at www.loudoun.gov/lyme.

The guests in the show’s second segment are Lisa Braun, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Specialist for the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management, and Bill Lyden, a member of the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad who also serves as chairman of the Fire-Rescue system’s Recruitment and Retention Committee. They discuss the need for EMS personnel in the county, the training offered to volunteers by the county, and the benefits to volunteering. In addition to firefighters, the system is recruiting volunteers to serve as emergency medical technicians and paramedics. More information about the system is online at www.loudoun.gov/fire and www.answerthecall.info.

“Inside Loudoun County” is a 30-minute cable television program airing Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., and repeating at various times, on Comcast Government Channel 23, Verizon FiOS Channel 40, and Open Band Channel 40. The program is also archived for viewing through the Loudoun County webcast system at www.loudoun.gov/webcast. The show is hosted by Nancy McCormick of the Loudoun County Office of Public Information and is produced by Comcast.

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