What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is a tick transmitted disease that affects humans and many animals caused by infection with bacteria in the genus Borrelia.
How common is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is the most common vector borne disease in the US (see www.cdc.gov for specific statistics).
Is Lyme disease more prevalent in certain seasons or geographic locations?
The disease can be transmitted anytime ticks are active, which in New York State can occur almost any time of the year, including brief thaws during the dead of winter. The disease is especially common in northeastern and upper Midwestern states.
How do I know if a tick is infected with Lyme disease?
The Animal Health Diagnostic Center offers tick identification to determine whether it is Ixodes scapularis, (deer tick) the vector of Lyme disease, and if so, provide additional testing for the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum, another important tick borne disease agent.