Tickborne Disease Resources for Health Professionals

Tickborne diseases are a serious health concern in Vermont. Reports of tickborne diseases are on the rise, and while Lyme disease remains the most common tickborne disease in Vermont, other diseases like anaplasmosis and babesiosis are becoming increasingly common. Vermont health professionals are essential partners in tickborne disease prevention efforts.

    Continuing education Webinar: The Diagnosis & Treatment of Tickborne Diseases in Vermont

    The Health Department, in partnership with Vermont infectious disease physicians and the Vermont Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) created this online continuing education course on the diagnosis and treatment of tickborne diseases in Vermont. This course is approximately one hour in length. Upon successful completion of the course and evaluation, health care providers can earn one continuing education (CE) credit. The Health Department will cover the CE credit fee for the first 100 health care professionals who complete the course. 

    Overview

    Vermont residents can be infected with a number of tickborne diseases. Lyme disease is the most frequently diagnosed tickborne disease, but other illnesses like anaplasmosis are becoming increasingly common. In addition, newly recognized tickborne pathogens, like Borrelia miyamotoi, are causing illness in the state. Clinicians can help prevent complications associated with tickborne diseases through timely diagnosis and treatment.

    Objectives

    1. Review the epidemiology of tickborne diseases in Vermont.
    2. Define the symptoms of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Borrelia miyamotoi disease.
    3. Identify tests used to diagnose the most common tickborne diseases in Vermont.
    4. Describe the appropriate treatments for Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Borrelia miyamotoi disease.

    Presenters

    • Jean Dejace, MD, Infectious Disease Physician, University of Vermont Medical Center
    • Marie George, MD, Medical Director for Infectious Diseases, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
    • Bradley Tompkins, MS, MPH, former Tickborne Disease Program Chief and Epidemiologist, Vermont Department of Health

    Credit Requirements

    To obtain credit for this course, providers must view the webinar and complete and submit the continuing education form below. Continuing education credits are offered through the Vermont Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

    Watch the webinar

    Course materials:

    Tickborne Disease Reporting

    Health professionals in Vermont are required to report all cases of Lyme diseaseanaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Borrelia miyamotoi disease to the Health Department. 

    How to Report an Infectious Disease

    Help Patients Prevent Tickborne Disease

    The best way to prevent tickborne diseases is to prevent tick bites. The Health Department offers information and free professionally-printed resources that providers can share with patients so they can take simple steps to prevent tick bites. Health professionals can also order free printed copies of Tickborne Diseases of the United States: A Reference Manual for Healthcare Providers (CDC)

    order free materials