Tick-borne Diseases - Lyme, Babesiosis & Human Anaplasmosis
The Town of Concord has joined forces with surrounding towns to address tick-borne disease prevention and education. The collective entity is the Middlesex Tick Task Force.
The Middlesex Tick Force has partnered with the University of Rhode Island's TickEncounter Resource Center (TERC) as a Tick Smart Partner. Learn more about the Tick Smart Partner program. We view TERC as the most reliable source of information about ticks and tick borne diseases.
Middlesex Tick Task Force
The Middlesex Tick Task Force, is comprised of representatives from Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln and Weston. The groups' goals are to increase awareness of tick-borne diseases in our towns, to educate residents about effective prevention measures, and to promote inter-town collaboration about these diseases in Middlesex County. For more extensive information on ticks and tick borne diseases, visit the TERC website.
Ticks and Mosquito Diseases from A to Z (Anaplasmosis to Zika)
Tick-borne Diseases and Our Community
The Massachusetts Lyme Disease Commission (PDF) report states, "The scourge of Lyme disease in the Commonwealth has been described as having reached epidemic proportions and as endemic in all of Massachusetts. "Regions of particularly high incidence include Cape Cod and the Islands, as well as some areas in Norfolk, Middlesex, Essex, and southern Berkshire Counties."
Although annual reports through Massachusetts Department of Public Health may fluctuate, the trend is not encouraging; the incidence of tick-borne disease (Lyme plus co-infections) is on the rise, both numerically and geographically. Massachusetts ranks among the most highly endemic states, with incidence rates that placed it in second place in the nation in 2008." There is a growing number of reported Tickborne Disease cases throughout Massachusetts and New England. Understanding the Ecosystem which supports tick populations is an important factor in avoiding disease transmission along with employing personal protective measures.
Ticks can be found in grassy fields, wooded areas, the edge of roadways/sidewalks as well as backyards. Deer Ticks thrive in shady humid areas with leaf litter and around stone walls.