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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.
Women and minorities bear the brunt of medical misdiagnosis

Women and minorities bear the brunt of medical misdiagnosis

You rarely see them and might not even remember being bitten, but ticks can pose a serious threat, reveals study

You rarely see them and might not even remember being bitten, but ticks can pose a serious threat, reveals study

Study exposes racial disparities in Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment times

Study exposes racial disparities in Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment times

Lyme disease aftercare: new insights into persistent symptoms

Lyme disease aftercare: new insights into persistent symptoms

Autoethnographic study explores utility of AI tools for accessibility

Autoethnographic study explores utility of AI tools for accessibility

Mount Sinai secures $6.2 million grant to expand the Cohen Center for Recovery From Complex Chronic Illnesses

Mount Sinai secures $6.2 million grant to expand the Cohen Center for Recovery From Complex Chronic Illnesses

Tufts Lyme Disease Initiative receives $7M in grants to advance research to next level

Tufts Lyme Disease Initiative receives $7M in grants to advance research to next level

CDC awards $8.7 million to train and educate vector-borne disease professionals

CDC awards $8.7 million to train and educate vector-borne disease professionals

Climate change linked to spread of pathogens in humans and animals

Climate change linked to spread of pathogens in humans and animals

Study discovers method to classify febrile illness with a single blood sample

Study discovers method to classify febrile illness with a single blood sample

Lyme disease bacteria adapt to animal hosts at the variant level, study finds

Lyme disease bacteria adapt to animal hosts at the variant level, study finds

NIAID funds research to better understand Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome

NIAID funds research to better understand Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome

Sex-based differences in Lyme disease symptoms and outcomes

Sex-based differences in Lyme disease symptoms and outcomes

AI and infection control: preventing infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics

AI and infection control: preventing infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics

Researcher receives $2.7 million grant to study lingering Lyme disease symptoms

Researcher receives $2.7 million grant to study lingering Lyme disease symptoms

Novel vaccine against Lyme disease reported to be safe and effective

Novel vaccine against Lyme disease reported to be safe and effective

Tick season is here: How to avoid ticks

Tick season is here: How to avoid ticks

Ticks can be attracted to hosts by static electricity

Ticks can be attracted to hosts by static electricity

New platform to study how pathogens carried by mosquitoes impact and infect human cells and tissues

New platform to study how pathogens carried by mosquitoes impact and infect human cells and tissues

First vaccine against Lyme disease is now being tested in Sweden

First vaccine against Lyme disease is now being tested in Sweden

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