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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.
New data model helps identify areas where Lyme disease cases may go unreported

New data model helps identify areas where Lyme disease cases may go unreported

Tiny portable lab plugs into your phone to diagnose infectious diseases

Tiny portable lab plugs into your phone to diagnose infectious diseases

Climate change inflicts catastrophic effects on children’s health

Climate change inflicts catastrophic effects on children’s health

New paper-based test for early Lyme diagnosis

New paper-based test for early Lyme diagnosis

Paper-based blood test can quickly and sensitively diagnose early-stage Lyme disease

Paper-based blood test can quickly and sensitively diagnose early-stage Lyme disease

Study: Claim lines for Lyme disease have increased 117% from 2007 to 2018

Study: Claim lines for Lyme disease have increased 117% from 2007 to 2018

Agape Clinic dermatologist felicitated for providing free, multidisciplinary care to Dallas patients

Agape Clinic dermatologist felicitated for providing free, multidisciplinary care to Dallas patients

Study traces atmospheric source of super-toxic methylmercury in terrestrial food web

Study traces atmospheric source of super-toxic methylmercury in terrestrial food web

A rare diagnosis leads to successful treatment for patient with unusual vascular condition

A rare diagnosis leads to successful treatment for patient with unusual vascular condition

Tick-borne brain infection reported in UK

Tick-borne brain infection reported in UK

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