- The Redding Health Department sends out ticks to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for testing. Office hours are from 8am-3pm.
- Place the tick in a zip-lock bag (do not use tape or tissue) and fill out the submission form available in the Health Department. Click here for Tick Submission Form.
- The test will determine if the tick is infected with Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis.
- Analytical results can take 1-2 weeks.
- Tick-borne disease symptoms should be responded to IMMEDIATELY.
- Symptoms include flu with fever and chills, rash, fatigue, headache, joint and muscle aches.
- Test results can provide helpful information, however all decisions concerning treatment should be made with your personal health care provider.
- The incubation period from infection to symptom onset can be as short as 3 days and as long as 30 days.
- A tick usually needs to be engorged and feeding for 24-36 hours to transmit the disease.
- Not all ticks carry tick-borne disease.
Brochures are available in the Redding Health Department.