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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.
Expert warns of spread of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Expert warns of spread of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

A sudden increase in the number of British cases of Lyme disease

A sudden increase in the number of British cases of Lyme disease

Neutrophils dictate whether our immune system will permit or prevent bacterial infections

Neutrophils dictate whether our immune system will permit or prevent bacterial infections

Intriguing new data on the spread of the Lyme disease bacteria through the blood stream

Intriguing new data on the spread of the Lyme disease bacteria through the blood stream

Key advance in understanding the proteins and mechanisms involved in the spread of Lyme Disease

Key advance in understanding the proteins and mechanisms involved in the spread of Lyme Disease

Vaccinating mice against Lyme disease could help reduce the risk of transmission of the disease to humans

Vaccinating mice against Lyme disease could help reduce the risk of transmission of the disease to humans

Research opens up new avenues to diagnosis and treat Lyme disease

Research opens up new avenues to diagnosis and treat Lyme disease

Researchers unravel genetic makeup of ticks to tackle disease

Researchers unravel genetic makeup of ticks to tackle disease

As humans alter land, infectious diseases follow

As humans alter land, infectious diseases follow

West Nile set to explode in summer 2004

West Nile set to explode in summer 2004

Reducing risk of Lyme disease by using insecticide

Reducing risk of Lyme disease by using insecticide

Tips to avoid Lyme disease and West Nile virus

Tips to avoid Lyme disease and West Nile virus

Comparative genomics to cast new light on other spirochete microbes

Comparative genomics to cast new light on other spirochete microbes