If you live in Branford, East Haven, or North Branford, the East Shore District Health Department (ESDHD) is your local health department. ESDHD provides essential public health services such as Building Approvals, Septic System Permits, and Food Service Permits to a population of over 70,000 residents. We are committed to improving the health and well being of our residents through public health programs that promote wellness, prevent and control disease, and provide education about healthy lifestyles.

Lyme Disease FAQ

What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi.

How is Lyme disease spread?
The bacteria are spread by the bite of an infected tick, Ixodes scapularis, commonly known as the deer tick. The tick is about the size of a poppy seed or the period at the end of this sentence when in its nymphal (immature) stage. Not all deer ticks are infected.

Who gets Lyme disease?
Anyone can get Lyme disease; however, it is more prevalent in children < 10 years old.


Come join us at the WIlloughby-Wallace Library on June 15th to talk about ticks in Connecticut and ways to avoid getting tick- borne diseases for you, your family and your pets
Learn about
• Removing ticks
• Preventing ticks in your yard
• Preventing mosquito bites
• Lyme Disease, Babeosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and others
• And more
On May 15th 2017 from 7:00 - 8:00pm At the Willoughby-Wallace Library

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm