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Tick Testing Program
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the program work? TickReport (www.TickReport.com) tests ticks from all over the world for tick-borne diseases. Through a partnership with the Lab and the other member towns of the Cooperative Public Health Service Health District, residents of participating towns receive $50 tick tests for $15.
Why do CPHS Boards of Health offer this service to residents? Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis are fast-growing infectious disease in our region, and reported cases of other tick-borne diseases are also steadily increasing. Ticks are active in 9 to 12 months of the year now, so the risk of infection is year-round. Tick testing allows people to be informed advocates for their own health, while also contributing data to the study of the spread of tick-borne disease.
Which ticks can be tested? Any tick found attached to a human resident of a participating town can be removed, stored in a plastic baggie and submitted for testing.
How do I get the tick to the Lab? Visit www.tickreport.com to register, give information and pay. You can mail it in a plastic bag. If you want, you can also bring it to the drop box outside their lab in Amherst (29c Cottage St, Amherst MA 01002).
How long will it take to get a test back? Residents will receive an emailed report within three business days of their tick’s arrival at the lab.
What will the test tell people? It will tell you whether your tick tested positive for Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, or Ehrlichiosis. It will NOT tell you whether you have contracted these diseases, but will allow you to be better informed when working with your medical provider.
What will this cost? Thanks to the partnership with other towns, the test subsidies are $15 each for the Town, and $15 for the resident.