About Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is an illness caused by a spirochete bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi). This disease is transmitted to people and animals by the bite of the Blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis. Knowing where ticks occur and how to prevent tick bites is the most important way to prevent Lyme disease. Read through the information below to learn about Lyme disease and Lyme disease prevention in Michigan. [Image: A female Blacklegged tick questing in western, lower Michigan. Adult ticks are active during the spring and autumn months.]
- Only Blacklegged Ticks Transmit Lyme Disease
Black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are responsible for transmitting Lyme disease bacteria to humans in the northeastern and north-central United States.
- History and Distribution
Lyme disease has now been reported from 43 states, including Michigan.
- Transmission and Development
The tick, Ixodes scapularis, is the most common carrier of Lyme disease in the mid-west and eastern states.
- Treatment and Prevention
Prompt diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics can cure the infection and prevent later complications in both humans and domestic animals.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Tick Tips Current information on how to reduce your risk of tick contact while recreating, or at home.
- Suggestions for Michigan's Public
Be aware of Lyme disease, but do not be so concerned that you cannot enjoy the outdoors.
Tick Identification and Tick-Bite Prevention
- Michigan Tick ID Card Pocket-sized card for identifying common ticks in Michigan. Information regarding tick removal and tick-bite prevention.
- Tick Bite and Lyme Disease Prevention in Michigan
- Tick Bite Prevention in Michigan's Outdoors
- **UPDATED** Ticks and Your Health Brochure
- Michigan's Five Most Common Ticks
- Tick Identification and Testing