Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that features a skin rash, swollen joints and flu-like symptoms. You get the disease from the bite of an infected tick.
The number of cases reported to the Health Department has steadily increased since 2005. Lyme disease cases have been reported from every county in Vermont, although most cases occur in the southern and western regions of the state.
Lyme disease can be prevented
Sometimes it is hard to know if you have Lyme disease because you may not have noticed a tick bite. Become familiar with the simple precautions you can take to avoid being bitten, and what to do if you find a tick or a bite.
- Learn the Lyme disease basics
- Protect yourself
- Control ticks around your home & property
- Get our booklet: "Be Tick Smart"
- See more fact sheets and other resources
Explore this website for fact sheets, guides, and other resources.
For more information: 800-640-4374 or 802-863-7240.
Have you been diagnosed with Lyme disease?
The Health Department would like to learn more about your experience.
If you are a Vermonter who has been diagnosed with Lyme disease in the past two years, please complete this survey. Your experiences will help us to better understand the burden Lyme disease places on Vermonters. It will also give us important information to determine how many cases of Lyme disease there are in the state, and how well our current surveillance of this disease is working.
Your answers and identity will be kept confidential and secure. The information you provide will be used in summary reports. No personal or individual information will be released.
2015 Video Contest
The 2015 Lyme disease Video Contest is ON!
Inviting all high school students in Vermont (grades 9-12) to create a 60-second PSA-style video and sumbmit it by May 1, 2015. Gift card prizes up to $100 for winners. Read the guidelines and print the flyer to share.
2014 Video Contest Winners
Congratulations to the
2014 Be Tick Smart Video Contest Winners!
1st Place Winners: Aja and Kaelan Selbach-Broad from River Valley Technical Center
2nd Place Winners: Elliot Thompson and Rebekah Ferreira from River Valley Technical Center
3rd Place Winners: Tyler King, Jared Brueckner, Branden Lawrence, Nick Hendee, William Giasson, Kaitlyn Kirby, Brody Greenra, and Emily Johnson from BFA Fairfax