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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 test identifies increased prevalence of tick-borne pathogen in Suffolk County

New test identifies increased prevalence of tick-borne pathogen in Suffolk County

Wearable biosensors can track physiological changes linked to illness

Wearable biosensors can track physiological changes linked to illness

Researchers decode how ingenious tick immune system fights myriad of microbes

Researchers decode how ingenious tick immune system fights myriad of microbes

UTSA professor awarded grant to support research on preventing spread of Lyme disease

UTSA professor awarded grant to support research on preventing spread of Lyme disease

UCF researcher combines new and old science to create method for speedy medical tests

UCF researcher combines new and old science to create method for speedy medical tests

Yale researchers discover how tick-borne bacteria cause infection

Yale researchers discover how tick-borne bacteria cause infection

Could pathogen infection really lead to Alzheimer’s?

Could pathogen infection really lead to Alzheimer’s?

Ecologists reveal reasons for regional differences in Lyme disease prevalence

Ecologists reveal reasons for regional differences in Lyme disease prevalence

Study confirms presence of ticks carrying Lyme disease in eastern national parks

Study confirms presence of ticks carrying Lyme disease in eastern national parks

OTC medical device receives CE Mark approval to treat pain linked to fibromyalgia

OTC medical device receives CE Mark approval to treat pain linked to fibromyalgia

Antibiotic gel shows promise in preventing onset of Lyme borreliosis following tick bite

Antibiotic gel shows promise in preventing onset of Lyme borreliosis following tick bite

Fun with exercise may help improve physical activity among young people with autism and ADHD

Fun with exercise may help improve physical activity among young people with autism and ADHD

Age, genetic disposition play important role in susceptibility to Lyme disease

Age, genetic disposition play important role in susceptibility to Lyme disease

New biomarker test helps detect autoimmune-induced neuropsychiatric disorders

New biomarker test helps detect autoimmune-induced neuropsychiatric disorders

Study shows link between steroid use and poor outcomes in Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis

Study shows link between steroid use and poor outcomes in Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis

New mathematical model could help predict potential outbreaks of Ebola and Lassa fever

New mathematical model could help predict potential outbreaks of Ebola and Lassa fever

Urban planners yet to fully assess vulnerability to climate change, research reveals

Urban planners yet to fully assess vulnerability to climate change, research reveals

New research identifies flaws in LM-method for Lyme disease

New research identifies flaws in LM-method for Lyme disease

Diverse ecological processes at different spatial scales may drive three emerging disease outbreaks

Diverse ecological processes at different spatial scales may drive three emerging disease outbreaks

GMU’s early-detection urine test works for Lyme disease, study shows

GMU’s early-detection urine test works for Lyme disease, study shows

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