Tickborne Diseases in Vermont

Ticks have become quite abundant in many parts of Vermont. While ticks are mostly a nuisance, some can carry pathogens. Pathogens are microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause illness. If a tick infected with a pathogen bites you, disease transmission is possible, and you may become sick.

Thirteen different tick species have been identified in Vermont, but only four are known to carry pathogens that cause disease in humans:

Deer Tick Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis
American Dog Tick Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia
Lone Star Tick Ehrlichiosis
Woodchuck Tick Powassan

The best way to prevent disease is to prevent tick bites

Tickborne illnesses are most frequently transmitted between early spring and late fall since ticks are most active during warm months. By taking preventive measures, such as wearing a repellent containing 30% DEET, checking your body daily for ticks, and actively limiting exposure to ticks and tick habitats, you can decrease your risk of infection.

Booklet: The Ticks Are Out - What you should know about tick bites and Lyme disease.

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tickListen to our audio PSA's about how to "Be Tick Smart" and prevent Lyme disease

Video Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the

2014 Be Tick Smart video contest!

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

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