Quick facts about ticks and Lyme disease
- Lyme is the most common disease spread by a tick bite. The bacteria are transmitted by deer ticks. Lyme disease is not carried by the more common wood tick, which is bigger.
- In the New England states, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, up to 50% of deer ticks are infected with Lyme disease. But, even in these high-risk areas, only 1% of children bitten by a deer tick get Lyme disease.
- The longer a tick is attached to a person, the greater chance of being infected by the tick. For Lyme disease to be transmitted, the tick needs to be attached for at least 24 hours. You are more likely to get the infection if the tick remains attached for more than 48 hours.