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.
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.