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 black-legged or deer ticks, and are typically found in grassy and overgrown areas.  Ticks do not jump, fly or drop out of trees, and usually are picked up on the lower legs and crawl up the body to find a feeding spot. The bite is usually painless, so people do not know they have been bitten.  Most people become infected during the months of May-June when ticks are most active.

To prevent exposure to tick bites, use the following protective measures, and find additional tips and resources at the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s: “Lyme Disease” website page: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3136&q=395590:

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

Early signs and symptoms – generally appear 2-32 days after bite by an infected deer tick:

Other symptoms include:

NOTE: There are a variety of transmittable diseases caused by ticks, besides Lyme disease, that have also been reported in Connecticut.  For more information on these other disease names and symptoms, visit the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s website page at: http://www.portal.ct.gov/DPH/Infectious-Diseases/Tickborne/Other-Tick-borne-Diseases

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: April2018