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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.
Are women more likely to develop long COVID?

Are women more likely to develop long COVID?

UMD receives new funding to stop infection from Lyme disease pathogens before it begins

UMD receives new funding to stop infection from Lyme disease pathogens before it begins

Study observes increase in Lyme disease-causing ticks across California’s woodlands and beaches

Study observes increase in Lyme disease-causing ticks across California’s woodlands and beaches

Broadly neutralizing antibodies show promise in preventing tick-borne encephalitis in mice

Broadly neutralizing antibodies show promise in preventing tick-borne encephalitis in mice

New test for Lyme disease can reliably distinguish between early- and late-stage patients

New test for Lyme disease can reliably distinguish between early- and late-stage patients

New Columbia University center provides specialized care for Lyme and tick-borne diseases

New Columbia University center provides specialized care for Lyme and tick-borne diseases

New technique could enable real-time distribution monitoring of ticks that carry Lyme disease

New technique could enable real-time distribution monitoring of ticks that carry Lyme disease

Five herbal medicines show potent activity against Babesia duncani in the lab

Five herbal medicines show potent activity against Babesia duncani in the lab

Predicting future mamalian hosts of SARS-CoV-2

Predicting future mamalian hosts of SARS-CoV-2

Study identifies bird species with the potential to spread Lyme disease

Study identifies bird species with the potential to spread Lyme disease

Certain malaria parasites use a mechanism to cross the blood–brain barrier

Certain malaria parasites use a mechanism to cross the blood–brain barrier

COVID-19 may trigger recurrent Guillain–Barré Syndrome episodes, a case study shows

COVID-19 may trigger recurrent Guillain–Barré Syndrome episodes, a case study shows

First-of-its-kind synthetic DNA vaccine designed against Powassan virus

First-of-its-kind synthetic DNA vaccine designed against Powassan virus

WSU scientists develop new method to detect Alzheimer's biomarkers

WSU scientists develop new method to detect Alzheimer's biomarkers

Researchers are working to advance device for detecting ultra-low levels of disease particles

Researchers are working to advance device for detecting ultra-low levels of disease particles

UMass Amherst epidemiologist receives NIH grant to develop new tick surveillance method

UMass Amherst epidemiologist receives NIH grant to develop new tick surveillance method

New model provides district-based forecast of COVID-19 infections

New model provides district-based forecast of COVID-19 infections

Ticks associated with bats reported for the first time in New Jersey

Ticks associated with bats reported for the first time in New Jersey

Researchers receive $1.9 million federal grant to find Lyme disease vaccine

Researchers receive $1.9 million federal grant to find Lyme disease vaccine

Natural compund in cedar and grapefruit skin could help repel mosquitoes and ticks says CDC

Natural compund in cedar and grapefruit skin could help repel mosquitoes and ticks says CDC