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Lyme Disease

Black-legged (Deer) Tick

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. In Connecticut it is spread to people through the bite of an infected Black-legged (“deer”) tick (Ixodes scapularis). It is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in Connecticut and in the United States. Treatment is available. The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites.

 

About Lyme Disease

 

Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome

Protect Your Pet

Connecticut's Lyme disease history 

Information for Clinicians

 

Webinar May 20, 2021Lyme Disease Updates and New Educational Tools for Clinicians (CDC)

 

Clinical Guidance (CDC)

 

National Surveillance Case Definition

 

Connecticut Provider Reporting Information

 

Connecticut Laboratory Reporting Information

 

Directory of Clinical Testing Services provided by the State Public Health Laboratory

State Public Health Laboratory Contacts – for additional information

 

Tick-borne Diseases of the United States – a Reference Manual for Healthcare Providers

 

Connecticut Lyme Disease Surveillance

 

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) added Lyme disease to the list of state-wide reportable diseases in 1987. DPH uses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance case definition, which was first established in 1995, and last updated in 2017. Since 1995, an average of 2,718 cases (range 1,348 to 4,631) have been reported to the DPH annually. Surveillance for Lyme disease currently includes physician and laboratory reporting. Due to the delay in follow-up, current case counts do not represent all cases of Lyme disease.

Connecticut Annual Lyme Disease Statistics

Connecticut Annual Infectious Diseases Statistics

 

 

 

This page last updated 9/9/2022.