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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.
Strains - not species - of gut bacteria may provide better insights into the microbiome

Strains - not species - of gut bacteria may provide better insights into the microbiome

Virginia Tech researchers discover potential target for diagnosing and treating Lyme disease

Virginia Tech researchers discover potential target for diagnosing and treating Lyme disease

Tapping into the wealth of citizen science data to provide better estimate for tick numbers

Tapping into the wealth of citizen science data to provide better estimate for tick numbers

Novel Lyme disease vaccine may also combat other tick-borne diseases

Novel Lyme disease vaccine may also combat other tick-borne diseases

HORIBA to showcase novel POCKIT Central PCR analyser at BEVA and Vets North

HORIBA to showcase novel POCKIT Central PCR analyser at BEVA and Vets North

Lyme disease linked to increased risk of mental disorders, suicidality

Lyme disease linked to increased risk of mental disorders, suicidality

Study demonstrates the potency of herbal medicines against Bartonella henselae

Study demonstrates the potency of herbal medicines against Bartonella henselae

Climate change likely to exacerbate human-wildlife conflict

Climate change likely to exacerbate human-wildlife conflict

Could the European hedgehog be a sentinel for infectious agents and a harbinger of environmental pollution?

Could the European hedgehog be a sentinel for infectious agents and a harbinger of environmental pollution?

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