The Middlesex Tick Task Force

Most Weston residents know of a family member, friend, or neighbor who has been treated for one of the 3 tick-borne diseases that are becoming widespread in our area:
  1. Anaplasmosis (Erlichiosis)
  2. Babesiosis
  3. Lyme
These diseases can seriously impact an individual’s health and life-style, and it’s important to learn about the diseases, their symptoms, and ways in which you can protect yourself and loved ones.

Middlesex Tick Task Force Overview

Staff members from local Middlesex towns (Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Waltham, and Wayland), including Weston's Conservation Administrator Michele Grzenda and Board of Health Director Wendy Diotalevi, have been meeting since September 2012 to confront this serious regional public health issue and share ideas and resources regarding prevention of tick-borne diseases. Known officially as the Middlesex Tick Task Force (MTTF), representatives hope to increase awareness of tick-borne diseases, educate residents about effective prevention measures, and promote inter-town collaboration about these diseases.

Lyme Disease in Massachusetts

In 2011, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts established the Special Commission to conduct an investigation and study the incidence and impact of Lyme disease. The Commission was comprised of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and was established to provide the most comprehensive overview of the various issues related to Lyme disease. The Commission’s report, “Lyme Disease in Massachusetts” was released on February 28, 2013 and is available on the left side of this page.

Tick Education

Topics covering effective prevention measures individuals can take to protect themselves, the importance of self-advocacy, and early medical treatment for tick-borne diseases, and how to do a “tick check” after being outside are available below in the different links. Ticks are out year round. It's important to be informed.

Additional Information

Tick and Lyme disease information as well as tick identification cards are available at the Board of Health Department and the Conservation Department, both at Weston Town Hall, as well as online by following the links below.