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Diseases spread by ticks continue to be a serious public health concern in Vermont. Tickborne diseases are being reported to the Health Department more frequently in the past decade, with Lyme disease being the most common. Other tickborne diseases, such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis, are on the rise as well. Tularemia is a rare disease that can also be transmitted by ticks.
The Health Department’s Vector-borne Disease Program tracks and responds to tickborne diseases. We collect and analyze data to detect trends in disease activity, investigate reported cases of tickborne diseases, collaborate with other state agencies and educate Vermonters about disease risks and prevention strategies.
The best way to prevent tickborne diseases is to prevent tick bites. Be Tick Smart and use a tick repellent that has been proven safe and effective. Check your body daily for ticks, and if you have been bitten, remove ticks as soon as you can and watch for symptoms of a tickborne disease.
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Tickborne diseases are a serious health concern in Vermont. Vermont health professionals are essential partners in tickborne disease prevention efforts.