Lyme Disease and Other Tickborne Diseases in NH

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on May 23, regarding Lyme Disease and Other Tickborne Diseases in New Hampshire.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) draws your attention to the following:

Key Points and Recommendations:

1. NH continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation and ~60% of blacklegged ticks sampled in NH are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

2. Prevent tickborne disease through the use of DEET insect repellent, wearing long pants and sleeves outdoors, and daily tick checks followed by prompt removal of any ticks.

3. Healthcare providers should diagnose early Lyme disease clinically when an erythema migrans rash because diagnostic serologies (including IgM) may not yet be positive.

4. Report all tickborne diseases, confirmed or suspected, to the NH DPHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 (after hours 1-800-852-3345, x5300).

Click here for the full DHHS alert, which includes the New Hampshire Lyme disease case report form for health care providers.