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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 project to develop prototype diagnostic tool for early detection of Lyme disease

New project to develop prototype diagnostic tool for early detection of Lyme disease

Staten Island severely infested with self-cloning Asian longhorned ticks

Staten Island severely infested with self-cloning Asian longhorned ticks

Researchers harness power of artificial intelligence to better match cancer patients with clinical trials

Researchers harness power of artificial intelligence to better match cancer patients with clinical trials

Risk of red meat allergy from tick bites higher than previously thought

Risk of red meat allergy from tick bites higher than previously thought

Advanced scan shows brain inflammation related to post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome

Advanced scan shows brain inflammation related to post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome

USC research could lay foundation for a vaccine against tick-borne virus

USC research could lay foundation for a vaccine against tick-borne virus

Stress related pathway instrumental in controlling function of immune cells

Stress related pathway instrumental in controlling function of immune cells

Quidel receives CE mark to use Sofia 2 Lyme+ Fluorescent Immunoassay with Sofia 2 analyzer

Quidel receives CE mark to use Sofia 2 Lyme+ Fluorescent Immunoassay with Sofia 2 analyzer

Oils from garlic and other herbs show strong killing activity against Lyme disease bacteria

Oils from garlic and other herbs show strong killing activity against Lyme disease bacteria

Blood-suckers carrying malaria parasites can be traced back up to 100 million years

Blood-suckers carrying malaria parasites can be traced back up to 100 million years

Tick-borne disease is multiple microbial in nature

Tick-borne disease is multiple microbial in nature

Rising temperatures may boost number of cases of Lyme disease, finds study

Rising temperatures may boost number of cases of Lyme disease, finds study

Igenex launches advanced testing methods for rapid diagnosis of Bartonella infections

Igenex launches advanced testing methods for rapid diagnosis of Bartonella infections

Crowdfunding campaigns could be raising money for quackery

Crowdfunding campaigns could be raising money for quackery

Researchers develop new techniques for faster detection of Lyme disease bacteria

Researchers develop new techniques for faster detection of Lyme disease bacteria

Scientists perform successful trial of new antibiotic on cancer reoccurrence after surgery

Scientists perform successful trial of new antibiotic on cancer reoccurrence after surgery

Scientists use mice to study transmission of Lyme disease bacteria by infected ticks

Scientists use mice to study transmission of Lyme disease bacteria by infected ticks

NIH officials highlight growing threat of tickborne diseases

NIH officials highlight growing threat of tickborne diseases

New vaccine could protect unborn babies from Zika virus

New vaccine could protect unborn babies from Zika virus

Ways to stay safe while camping and hiking

Ways to stay safe while camping and hiking