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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.
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

Quest Diagnostics Health Trends study: HPV screening less likely to detect cervical cancer than cotesting

Quest Diagnostics Health Trends study: HPV screening less likely to detect cervical cancer than cotesting

Rat plague following COVID-19?

Rat plague following COVID-19?

$5 million gift aims to propel Lyme disease research and education

$5 million gift aims to propel Lyme disease research and education

Experts recommend tweezers to protect children from ticks

Experts recommend tweezers to protect children from ticks

Challenges of diagnosing Lyme disease in the absence of classic symptoms

Challenges of diagnosing Lyme disease in the absence of classic symptoms

Virginia Tech researcher wins $661,216 grant to study Lyme arthritis

Virginia Tech researcher wins $661,216 grant to study Lyme arthritis

Scientists seek to find out if COVID-19 restrictions have increased individuals' outdoor time

Scientists seek to find out if COVID-19 restrictions have increased individuals' outdoor time

WSU researchers crack the Lyme disease code

WSU researchers crack the Lyme disease code

UM researchers awarded $2.5 million to develop COVID-19 vaccine candidate

UM researchers awarded $2.5 million to develop COVID-19 vaccine candidate

Pets have a low risk of transmitting multi-drug resistant bugs to owners, study finds

Pets have a low risk of transmitting multi-drug resistant bugs to owners, study finds

How climate change is putting doctors in the hot seat

How climate change is putting doctors in the hot seat

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