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Posted on: March 31, 2022

Tick Awareness

Spring has just begun and Ticks are already out in MA. They can carry harmful diseases. Please read on to learn about tick-borne illnesses and how to avoid tick bites.

What are Ticks?
Ticks are bugs that feed on the blood of mammals, birds, or reptiles. Black-legged (deer) ticks and dog ticks are found throughout Massachusetts and may spread different disease-causing germs when they bite you. The most common tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts are Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. Other diseases that are more rare, but still occur, are Tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Borrelia miyamotoi, and Powassan virus. Tick-borne illnesses can be very severe and taking steps to avoid tick bites is important. 

Please click on any of the links below for more information:

Tick Identification Card - images of different ticks and their names


Tick Identification and Testing Services - MDPH
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