About Lyme Disease

  • A Homegrown Black-Legged TickLyme disease is an emerging disease in Michigan.

    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.]

  • Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease
  • 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.