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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.
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

Scientists find several shifts in Pennsylvania tick population over the last century

Scientists find several shifts in Pennsylvania tick population over the last century

Three-antibiotic cocktail eradicates 'persister' Lyme bacteria in mouse model

Three-antibiotic cocktail eradicates 'persister' Lyme bacteria in mouse model

Researchers describe a case of tick-borne relapsing fever in Mexico

Researchers describe a case of tick-borne relapsing fever in Mexico

New project to develop prototype diagnostic tool for early detection of Lyme disease

New project to develop prototype diagnostic tool for early detection of Lyme disease

Staten Island severely infested with self-cloning Asian longhorned ticks

Staten Island severely infested with self-cloning Asian longhorned ticks

Researchers harness power of artificial intelligence to better match cancer patients with clinical trials

Researchers harness power of artificial intelligence to better match cancer patients with clinical trials

Risk of red meat allergy from tick bites higher than previously thought

Risk of red meat allergy from tick bites higher than previously thought

Advanced scan shows brain inflammation related to post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome

Advanced scan shows brain inflammation related to post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome

USC research could lay foundation for a vaccine against tick-borne virus

USC research could lay foundation for a vaccine against tick-borne virus