Tick-borne diseases are a set of distinct diseases with similar signs and symptoms that are transmitted to humans by tick bites. The illnesses associated with these diseases can vary from mild symptoms to more severe infections. Preventing exposure to ticks and tick habitats is important to prevent tick-borne disease.
Human case numbers per year for tick-borne diseases are generally on the rise. This upward trend is due to better recognition and disease reporting, but is also a reflection of changes in the environment that fosters increased exposure and transmission to humans.
Martha’s Vineyard’s rural habitat is especially hospitable to ticks, but fortunately, not all ticks are infected, so a tick bite does not necessarily mean you will get a disease.