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.

tickSee more fact sheets, resources and other information

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

Students: Enter our 2nd Annual Video Contest!

Click for large version of Be Tick Smart High School Video Contest flyerAll Vermont students in grades 9–12 are invited to enter the "Be Tick Smart" video contest!

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