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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is passed to humans and animals through the bite of infected ticks. In New York State, Lyme disease is spread by the blacklegged tick, otherwise known as the deer tick. Symptoms of Lyme disease can vary based on the stage of infection, but they can include fever, rash, facial paralysis, and arthritis. If you experience these symptoms and have had a tick bite or have spent time outside where you may have been exposed to ticks, contact your health care provider. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics.
Ticks like to live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas. They can also be carried by animals that spend time outdoors. You can protect yourself from ticks the following ways:
If you find a tick on your body, promptly follow these steps to remove it:
To learn more about ticks and Lyme disease, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html or https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/