Tick Information & Test Results

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Tick Results by Number

Archived Results
2020 Tick Results By Number 
 2019 Results
 2018 Results
 2017 Results

 

2016 Result

Tickborne Disease is a serious issue in our communities. 
The best defense, at this time,Blacklegged or Deer Tick, Ixodes scapularisis understanding your risk and the things you can do to protect yourself and your family.
 
Ixodes scapularis, also known as the “blacklegged” or “deer” tick,
is the primary vector of the pathogens Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis.
Ixodes scapularis nymphs and females that have ingested human blood are known to transmit these pathogens. 
The probability of pathogen transmission increases with time as proportionately more blood is ingested from the host.
Ticks without blood in their midguts have not been attached long enough to pose a risk of infection. 
Engorged: tick has engaged in a feeding and ingested blood. 
Un-engorged: tick has not ingested blood, no blood in midguts.
 

To submit a tick for testing please complete the Tick for Testing Submission Letter

Ticks from Newtown, Bridgewater and Roxbury residents can be mailed or brought to the Newtown Health District office, to be submitted to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) for testing. 
 
For tick testing guidelines and submission requirements please click here
  
We strongly encouraged submitters to pay close attention to their health after a tick bite. The tick testing is helpful information, but cannot be used a diagnostic tool.It takes approximately 3-4 and sometimes 5 weeks to receive results from the CT Agricultural Experiment Station. Lyme disease, or other tick borne illnesses,can onset prior to obtaining tick test results, therefore it is important to monitor health,communicate and possibly visit with a personal physician.
 

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Newtown Health District Promotes the BLAST Tick-borne Disease Prevention Program Click here 
 
 
 
 
 
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tick Information:                                                                                                        image important areas to check for ticks                                                                         
Most common tick-borne diseases in northeastern United States:
Environmental Protection Agency(EPA):
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