Lyme disease is an illness caused by bacteria that is spread by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Ticks are usually picked up when brushing against vegetation and once on bare skin, they attach by their mouth parts. In general, infected ticks need to be embedded in skin for about 36 hours before they transmit the disease to the person.
Most ticks in New Brunswick do not carry Lyme disease however some infected blacklegged ticks have been found throughout the province.
Lyme disease is easily treatable with antibiotics when diagnosed at the early stages; but if treatment is delayed, generalized Lyme disease and serious complications may develop and treatment is more prolonged.