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Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful in the later stages of disease. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, landscaping, and integrated pest management. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tick-borne diseases as well.
Lyme vaccine on the horizon, says new study

Lyme vaccine on the horizon, says new study

New paper defines strategy for developing effective vaccines for Lyme disease

New paper defines strategy for developing effective vaccines for Lyme disease

New rapid assay for Lyme disease could lead to a point-of-care diagnostic test

New rapid assay for Lyme disease could lead to a point-of-care diagnostic test

NIH awards new contract to integrate pathogen and vector genomics database

NIH awards new contract to integrate pathogen and vector genomics database

New microfluidic test can detect Lyme disease within 15 minutes

New microfluidic test can detect Lyme disease within 15 minutes

2019 ASTMH Annual Meeting to focus on Ebola, monkey malaria, and other infectious diseases

2019 ASTMH Annual Meeting to focus on Ebola, monkey malaria, and other infectious diseases

Ticks now carrying multiple diseases, says new study

Ticks now carrying multiple diseases, says new study

Early detection method for pinpointing molecular signatures of Lyme disease

Early detection method for pinpointing molecular signatures of Lyme disease

Public health officials unprepared for magnitude of heat waves and climate-related diseases

Public health officials unprepared for magnitude of heat waves and climate-related diseases

FDA clears existing tests with new indications to aid in the diagnosis of Lyme disease

FDA clears existing tests with new indications to aid in the diagnosis of Lyme disease

Sequencing data could be used to prevent lyme disease

Sequencing data could be used to prevent lyme disease

PerkinElmer unveils CE-marked infectious disease immunoassays on EUROIMMUN random access instrument

PerkinElmer unveils CE-marked infectious disease immunoassays on EUROIMMUN random access instrument

Ecologist and wildlife researcher explores how urbanization impacts spread of Lyme disease

Ecologist and wildlife researcher explores how urbanization impacts spread of Lyme disease

Top four things seniors need to know to have a safe and healthy summer

Top four things seniors need to know to have a safe and healthy summer

Summertime safety guidelines for children

Summertime safety guidelines for children

IU’s environmental expert addresses plan to fight Lyme disease, other tick-borne illnesses

IU’s environmental expert addresses plan to fight Lyme disease, other tick-borne illnesses

Mites and ticks are part of the same evolutionary line, research shows

Mites and ticks are part of the same evolutionary line, research shows

Tips to stay safe and well when temperatures soar

Tips to stay safe and well when temperatures soar

New technology helps reduce cost and time needed to do common laboratory tests

New technology helps reduce cost and time needed to do common laboratory tests

New coalition to boost fight against blood-feeding insects

New coalition to boost fight against blood-feeding insects