Tick Results by Number
|2020 Tick Results By Number|
Tickborne Disease is a serious issue in our communities.
The best defense, at this time,is 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.
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.
Newtown Health District Promotes the BLAST Tick-borne Disease Prevention Program Click here
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tick Information:
Most common tick-borne diseases in northeastern United States:
Environmental Protection Agency(EPA):
Other helpful resources:
|Deer Resistant Plantings||29.97 KB|
|Newtown Tick-borne Disease Action Committee Final Report||2.61 MB|