Lyme Disease Increase in Ohio: Resources Available

Lyme disease is an emerging disease in Ohio and cases have continued to increase over the past several years, from 45 in 2008 to 270 in 2017.  This increase coincides with the spread and increase of the principal vector, Ixodes scapularis (the blacklegged tick) throughout the state.  While this disease can be contracted throughout the year, most cases occur in the late spring and summer when the nymphs are active.   As we head into spring and people spend more time outdoors, contact with ticks and the risk of contracting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases increases.

The ODH Zoonotic Disease Program and Office of Communications staff would be happy to provide assistance in drafting information to include in your newsletters in an effort to increase awareness of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in Ohio. Click here for a resources with additional details.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Zoonotic Disease Program at 614-752-1029 and ask for our tick-borne disease epidemiologist, Lynn Denny, or Richard Gary, Ph.D or e-mail

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