Simple Facts about Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is most commonly caused by a bite from a deer tick. The tick is infected with bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer ticks are tiny and attach to a person’s skin to feed from human blood.
It is important to take precautions against Lyme disease when you are in an area with dense ground cover or woods.
To prevent Lyme disease:
Ticks that have become imbedded must be removed with a pointed tweezer, getting as close to the skin as possible to remove the tick completely. The risk of infection increases if the tick is not removed properly.
Lyme disease presents as a flu-like illness with achy joints, muscle pain and headache. It is most often associated with an expanding red rash. Do not ignore these signs. Report them to your physician right away. Nearly all Lyme disease patients can be treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, Lyme disease may affect the heart, joints and nervous system.
New Jersey State Department of Health Lyme Disease Hotline - 800-792-8831
New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services
To have ticks tested for the disease:
New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services – live ticks only
Tick and insect identification:
For additional information visit http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/