Tickborne diseases are spread from ticks to people through bites.
Deer Ticks, also known as Black-Legged Ticks, are the most commonly found ticks in Essex County; especially in the Champlain Valley.
Lyme Disease is the most commonly confirmed Deer Tick-borne disease being transmitted from ticks to people in Essex County. However there are other diseases – Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis – carried by the Deer Tick. There have been confirmed cases of these conditions in Essex County residents as well.
We recommend this tick-borne disease prevention strategy:
1.Keep Ticks Away!
2. Check for Ticks!
3. Remove Ticks Promptly!
Lyme disease has been a nationally reported condition in the United States since 1991. The case definition has been modified over time with the latest updated in 2017. Lyme Disease cases are confirmed through lab result confirmation or physician diagnosis of erythema migrans (EM) rash. Reports of Lyme disease are collected and verified through state and local health departments in accordance with legal mandate and surveillance practices.
This Department has been conducting education and outreach activities in Essex County for years. We follow a strategic outreach plan that is updated annually and conducted during tick season (Spring-Fall). Activities are targeted with consideration for audiences, messaging & location.
Here are some examples:
For more information or to request education, call -873-3500.