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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.
Rheumatologists can play a key role in diagnosing and treating neurologic Lyme disease

Rheumatologists can play a key role in diagnosing and treating neurologic Lyme disease

Most kids recover from Lyme disease within six months of completing antibiotic treatment

Most kids recover from Lyme disease within six months of completing antibiotic treatment

Genomic study reveals Babesia duncani's pathogenicity and virulence

Genomic study reveals Babesia duncani's pathogenicity and virulence

Self-directed autoantibodies against certain chemokines may protect against long-COVID

Self-directed autoantibodies against certain chemokines may protect against long-COVID

Cleanup workers got sick after deepwater horizon oil spill. They want BP to pay.

Cleanup workers got sick after deepwater horizon oil spill. They want BP to pay.

Fibromyalgia may occur post-COVID

Fibromyalgia may occur post-COVID

How do cattle impact human vector-borne disease risk?

How do cattle impact human vector-borne disease risk?

Protein activity found to be more dysregulated in the blood of patients with alcohol-associated hepatitis

Protein activity found to be more dysregulated in the blood of patients with alcohol-associated hepatitis

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