The are over 20 known tick species in Michigan that can carry harmful bacteria, viruses, or parasites . Ticks feed on wildlife, but people may be bitten when they work or play in areas where ticks live. Ticks can be found in grassy shorelines, wooded areas, or fields near wooded areas. Ticks are not usually found indoors, unless they are carried on the clothing of people or the body of a pet.
Livingston County is now designated as a county with known risk for Lyme disease. This means blacklegged (deer) ticks with Lyme bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) have been found and/or at least two human exposures occurred. Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria and is passed to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged tick. If you have been bit by a tick in the last 30 days and have a fever, headache, fatigue, rash, muscle or joint pain, or facial paralysis, see your doctor. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
Peak transmission season for Lyme disease is April through September. For health related questions call 517.546.9850.
LCHD is working with
MDHHS to conduct a tick surveillance project this summer. This effort
will help identify tick species and if they carry Lyme disease. LCHD has the expertise to identify tick species that have attached to a human. For tick identification, remove the live tick as instructed under "Removing a Tick" (see below).
To submit a picture of a tick for identification, follow the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services "Submit a Pic" instructions.