• A tick crawling on a leaf
  • Ticks are bugs that feed on the blood of mammals, birds, and reptiles.  Deer ticks and dog ticks are found throughout Massachusetts and may spread different disease-causing germs when they bite you. Common tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts include Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis.  Lyme Disease, often characterized by a rash (that may look like a bull’s-eye) and/or flu-like symptoms, is common throughout Massachusetts. 

    Treatment is available for tick-borne diseases.  Steps can also be taken to prevent disease.  Please click on the links below for more information on tick-borne diseases. 

  • General Information and FAQs

    Find basic information on ticks in Massachusetts and the diseases they can carry.

  • Prevention and Control

    Protect yourself from ticks with these prevention methods.

  • Surveillance Summaries and Data

    Yearly numbers of reported cases of tick-borne disease in Massachusetts residents.

  • For Health Care Providers

    The physician’s reference manual on tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts and how to report cases.
  • Educational Materials

    Downloadable educational tools to help raise awareness.

  • Helpful Links and Additional Resources

    Links to external sites with more information.

This information is provided by Epidemiology Program within the Department of Public Health.