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.
Listen to our PSA's for quick tips about how to Be Tick Smart and prevent Lyme disease
- Shane Benoit - Protect yourself from ticks (30 sec)
- Be Tick Smart - Prevent Lyme disease v.1 (30 sec)
- Be Tick Smart - Prevent Lyme disease v.2 (30 sec)
For more information about Lyme disease
Explore this website for fact sheets, guides, and other resources.
You can contact the Vermont Department of Health, Epidemiology Field Unit at 1-800-640-4374 or 863-7240.