Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the blacklegged ticks, commonly known as "deer ticks." The bacteria is one of 16 tick-borne pathogens the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking in the U.S.; six appear in New York. From 2013 to 2016, one-quarter of Americans infected with Lyme Disease were New Yorkers.
Lyme, like many other tick-borne diseases, can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and/or heart. It is treatable and curable in most instances. Many tick-borne diseases are regionally isolated, as are the ticks that carry them. However, as the climate changes, the geographic range of ticks, and the reach of the diseases they carry, expands. This has attracted researchers to New York State.
Types of Ticks
I’ve Been Bitten/I Feel Sick! Read More
If you think you have been bitten by a tick, ask yourself:
Did I visit an area with a high tick population or where Lyme and other contagions are present?
Am I sick with a cold or can it be something else? Do I have a rash?
Continue to monitor your symptoms. It can take up to 30 days for symptoms to appear.
Call your healthcare provider if you have a fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes, which may occur in the absence of a rash.
Be sure tell your provider when and where you believe the tick bite happened. A blood test can confirm exposure to the bacteria. But diagnosis and treatment require complete information.
Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose and can mimic other illnesses. Left untreated, Lyme disease can affect the joints, heart, or nervous system.
Pay special attention to reoccurring symptoms. You can get Lyme disease again if you are bitten by another tick
Packing Instructions Read More
Place the tick (preferably collected in the last 48 hours) and a moistened tissue in a sealable bag (one tick per sealable bag). Write the tick ID number that will be generated upon completion of the online tick submission form in pencil, on a small piece of paper, and tape it to the plastic bag. Place the sealable bag/s in a bubble envelope and ship it to the address listed below.
Mail To Read More
4209 Institute for Human Performance (IHP)
505 Irving Avenue
SUNY Center for Environmental Health & Medicine
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY 13210
The tests are for research purposes only. If you think you have been bitten by a tick, you should call your healthcare provider.
Citizen Science Tick Testing Read More
The Thangamani Lab at the SUNY Upstate Medical University investigates and monitors tick-borne diseases in New York State. Testing is free of charge and you can help the lab research Lyme disease by mailing ticks in.
To Submit Ticks Read More
Scan the QR code for the most current submission instructions. The tick submission form can also be accessed at: https://thangamani-lab.com/tick-submission
How Can I Help? Read More
Printer-Friendly Tick Awareness Activities Read More
Every year, your State Senator distributes these educational materials to schools throughout their Senate Districts. Despite disruptions to the school year, the need to educate New Yorkers about Lyme’s Disease and preventative measures remain.
Ask your State Senator about informative brochures and awareness workbooks on Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases. Contact your State Senator to find out how.
These tick awareness exercises are fun and educational. You can download them below.