A blacklegged tick crawls around on a leaf. Blacklegged ticks are small and hard to spot, a little bigger than the head of a pin.
A blacklegged tick crawls around on a leaf. Blacklegged ticks are small and hard to spot, a little bigger than the head of a pin.

AMHERST. -- Want to know more about the ticks in your area?

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology at the University of Massachusetts shares its "Tick-borne Disease Passive Surveillance" database with the public.

The database is searchable by date, state, ZIP codes, tick species and pathogen.

Currently the database offers results of 4,334 tested tick specimens sent in by people between 2006 and 2013.

This year alone, 363 ticks have been studied in Massachusetts.

Of a sample of 317 ticks, 34 percent tested positive for the pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria known to cause Lyme disease.

Of the nine samples sent in from Berkshire County, two cases in Williamstown, a case in Great Barrington and a case from West Stockbridge tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi.

The database provides details on where the tick was found, photos of the tick, age and gender of the person the tick was found on, and other details except for a person's name and address.

To search the database, visit http://stats.tickdiseases.org.


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