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. A tick can transmit the bacteria after it has been attached to the skin (feeding on blood) for 24-to-36 hours.
It is possible to be bitten by an infected tick in New Brunswick. The risk is likely higher in areas of known endemic tick populations in the Millidgeville area of Saint John and on Grand Manan Island.
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.