10 Mass. towns offer free Lyme disease tests for ticks

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 95% of Lyme disease cases reported in 2012 came from 13 states, including Massachusetts.

10 Franklin County towns in addition to 22 other towns across the state are joining the community innovation challenge.

This year’s goal is identifying the prevalence of tick bites and pathogens that cause tick-borne diseases.

The 10 towns including Deerfield, Shelburne and Charlemont are able to get free Lyme disease tests for ticks. The goal of the program is to determine who’s at risk for Lyme disease.

Phoebe Walker, the Community Services Director, told 22News, “That point of that program is to try and get a sense of where in Massachusetts there are ticks infected with Lyme. Right now we only know where there are people infected with Lyme disease. We don’t have a good sense of what the variable risk is from place to place in Massachusetts.”

There are some things you can do to decrease your risk of getting bit by a tick:

  • Tuck your pants into your socks to prevent ticks from planting themselves on your legs
  • Wear light colored clothing so you can spot a tick easily
  • Keep brush away from your home

Tick borne disease networks include: Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Shelburne

If you’re not in the network, tick tests cost $40.

To find out how to submit your tick for testing, Click Here.

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