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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.
Scientists decipher comprehensive deer tick genome

Scientists decipher comprehensive deer tick genome

Researchers design educational course to inform practitioners on current ranges of ticks and disease risk

Researchers design educational course to inform practitioners on current ranges of ticks and disease risk

The debilitating effects of long-COVID in the U.S.

The debilitating effects of long-COVID in the U.S.

URI entomologist receives NIH grant to study ecological factors driving the evolution of Lyme disease bacteria in ticks

URI entomologist receives NIH grant to study ecological factors driving the evolution of Lyme disease bacteria in ticks

Researchers detect the Alongshan virus for the first time in Swiss ticks

Researchers detect the Alongshan virus for the first time in Swiss ticks

Researchers identify 35 genes that are highly expressed in patients with long-term Lyme disease

Researchers identify 35 genes that are highly expressed in patients with long-term Lyme disease

Researchers report white matter differences in post-treatment Lyme disease patients

Researchers report white matter differences in post-treatment Lyme disease patients

Did COVID-19 mitigation measures in the United Kingdom impact the transmission of other infectious diseases?

Did COVID-19 mitigation measures in the United Kingdom impact the transmission of other infectious diseases?

Prescribed fire could play a role in reducing the abundance of ticks and pathogen transmission

Prescribed fire could play a role in reducing the abundance of ticks and pathogen transmission

Recent innovations in infectious disease diagnostics

Recent innovations in infectious disease diagnostics

WVU biomedical engineer receives $1.2 million to improve early detection of tick-borne infections

WVU biomedical engineer receives $1.2 million to improve early detection of tick-borne infections

Study untangles the relation between bacteria and the environment in Lyme disease ecology

Study untangles the relation between bacteria and the environment in Lyme disease ecology

Psychological distress before COVID-19 infection associated with increased risk of long COVID

Psychological distress before COVID-19 infection associated with increased risk of long COVID

Oncolytic viruses boost the immune capacity to effectively target and destroy cancer cells

Oncolytic viruses boost the immune capacity to effectively target and destroy cancer cells

Highly sensitive DNA test identifies neuroborreliosis in horses

Highly sensitive DNA test identifies neuroborreliosis in horses

Lyme disease remains a growing public health concern in the United States, says FAIR Health study

Lyme disease remains a growing public health concern in the United States, says FAIR Health study

COVID-19 risks may be heightened by history of Lyme disease

COVID-19 risks may be heightened by history of Lyme disease

How Pfizer won the pandemic, reaping outsize profit and influence

How Pfizer won the pandemic, reaping outsize profit and influence

It’s hot outside — and that’s bad news for children’s health

It’s hot outside — and that’s bad news for children’s health

Detection of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection by T-cell receptor sequencing

Detection of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection by T-cell receptor sequencing