Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. This is achieved by providing a wide range of services in more than 50 programs including: women and children’s health, communicable and infectious diseases, planning for and responding to disasters, healthy and safe animals, and protecting natural resources while improving the environment.

Public Health Tick Identification & Testing

Of the many different tick species found throughout the world, only a select few transmit disease to humans when they bite. Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected Deer ticks. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings such as a rash and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing is helpful to identify the species of tick and, if the correct species of tick, to determine if it is infected with organism that causes Lyme disease.

Tick Collection and Submittal

It is important that your tick is correctly collected and submitted in order to get accurate results. Please review the Tick Specimen Collection and Submittal Procedure Guide to learn more about submitting your tick. 

Once you’ve collected your sample, bring a completed copy of the Tick Submittal Report and submit your sample to:

Public Health Laboratory - Chico
695 Oleander


Butte County Public Health Clinics, in both Oroville and Chico, may serve as secondary submission sites.

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Butte County Public Health Clinics and Lab

Health Clinic - Chico
Phone: 530.879.3665
Fax: 530.891.8743

Health Clinic - Oroville
Phone: 530.538.7341
Fax: 530.538.5294

Lab - Chico only
Phone: 530.891.2747
Fax: 530.895.6660

For life threatening emergencies, Call 9-1-1.

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Butte County Public Health Clinics and Lab

Health Clinic & Lab - Chico
695 Oleander Avenue
Chico, CA 95926

Health Clinic - Oroville
78 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Clinic Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Except Holidays

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Public Health Department

202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Report a Health Emergency
24-Hour Line: 530.538.7581

Cathy A. Ravesky, Director
Andy Miller, M.D., Health Officer
Public Health Leadership Team

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