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.
Students: Enter our 2nd Annual Video Contest!
- Create a 60 second public service announcement-style video about Lyme disease prevention
- Entries can be from individuals or teams
- Winner will be featured on WCAX–TV’s The :30
- Gift card prizes worth up to $100 for the three top videos