Lyme disease is carried by an infected deer tick. You have to be bitten by an infected deer tick to contract the disease. Not all people who are bitten by a deer tick are infected, but you should still take precautions in areas where deer ticks live: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.
Q:What are the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease?
A: Eighty percent of people bitten by an infected tick will get a rash. The rash will start as a small red bump and will appear in a few days up to several weeks after the bite. Over a period of days the rash will begin to expand into a large, blotchy area and appear red. Common areas where a tick bite occurs are in the groin, buttocks, underarm, waist, and navel area or behind the knee. The infected area may be warm to the touch and somewhat tender.