Tick Messaging

Maine has high rates of tickborne diseases across the state. Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis are the most reported tickborne diseases in Maine.

Tickborne diseases can range from mild to severe. Sign and symptoms vary based on each tickborne disease. Flu-like symptoms, especially in the summer months, are a sign of a vectorborne illness and could be caused by a tick. If a person is not treated early for a tickborne disease, symptoms could become more serious.

Maine CDC receives many tick-related consults through Maine CDC's Disease Reporting Hotline. The Division of Disease Control also participates in many educational events each year. Many people ask where the Maine CDC gets information, so Maine CDC and its partners, through the Vectorborne Workgroup, developed this messaging. Each section below contains answers to frequently asked questions on each topic.

The information on these pages include:

  • Tick Avoidance and Tick Bite Prevention
  • Property & Host Management
  • Tick Ecology
  • Tick Testing
  • Tick Attachment
  • Lyme Disease & Other Tickborne Diseases in Maine
  • Symptoms of Tickborne Diseases in Pets
  • Tick Prevention in Pets
  • Other Resources

The following definitions will be helpful as you review this site:

Vector
An agent that carries and spreads a disease to another living organism.
Host
A living animal or plant that provides food or shelter for another.

Contact

Disease Reporting Hotline
Phone: 1-800-821-5821 (24 hours a day)
Fax: 1-800-293-7534 (24 hours a day)
TTY: Maine relay 711 (24 hours a day)
disease.reporting@maine.gov