Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that features a skin rash, swollen joints and flu-like symptoms. You get the disease from the bite of an infected tick.
The number of cases reported to the Health Department has steadily increased since 2005. In 2011, there were over 500 reports of people with Lyme disease who were likely exposed in Vermont.
Lyme disease can be prevented
Sometimes it is hard to know if you have Lyme disease because you may not have noticed a tick bite. Become familiar with the simple precautions you can take to avoid being bitten, and what to do if you find a tick or a bite.
- Learn the Lyme disease basics
- Protect yourself
- Control ticks around your home & property
- Get our booklet: "Be Tick Smart"
- See more fact sheets and other resources
Explore this website for fact sheets, guides, and other resources.
For more information contact the Vermont Department of Health, Epidemiology Field Unit at 1-800-640-4374 or 863-7240.
Video Contest Winners
Congratulations to the
2014 Be Tick Smart Video Contest Winners!
View the winning videos and all the submissions here
1st Place Winners: Aja and Kaelan Selbach-Broad from River Valley Technical Center
2nd Place Winners: Elliot Thompson and Rebekah Ferreira from River Valley Technical Center
3rd Place Winners: Tyler King, Jared Brueckner, Branden Lawrence, Nick Hendee, William Giasson, Kaitlyn Kirby, Brody Greenra, and Emily Johnson from BFA Fairfax