Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease is a tick-borne bacterial infection transmitted to humans by the bite of infected Ixodes Scapularis ticks, also known as deer ticks, and on the West Coast, black-legged ticks, and are typically found in wooded and grassy areas.

To prevent exposure to tick bites, use the following protective measures:

Since Lyme disease is a multi-systemic illness there are a multitude of Lyme disease symptoms including:

NOTE: The first case of the rare tick-borne Powassan virus was reported in Connecticut in October 2016, in the town of Griswold.  With this tick virus,  many people show no symptoms when bitten, but if symptoms do occur, it can be as short as 15 minutes to be transmitted into the bloodstream, where Lyme disease takes 24 to 48 hours.  Symptoms can range from a fever to severe neurological disease, and can include seizures, headache, vomiting, confusion, speech difficulties and loss of coordination.  The virus can also cause meningitis and encephalitis.

For additional information and resources on this disease, see the following:

TICK IDENTIFICATION AND TESTING IN CONNECTICUT

Ticks can be taken to your municipal health department or regional health district for identification and testing. The health department will deliver ticks to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2837&q=378220 for identification and testing. Individuals can also take ticks to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven for identification only.

 

TO FIND SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE WITH LYME DISEASE IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY SERVICES DATABASE

Search by service term: Health/Disability Related Support Groups*Lyme Disease

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SOURCES: Lyme Disease Association; Connecticut Department of Public Health; United States Centers for Disease Control
PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: April2017