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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.
UM researchers awarded NIH funding to study bacterium that causes Lyme disease

UM researchers awarded NIH funding to study bacterium that causes Lyme disease

Forest ecosystem influences tick-borne disease risk in the eastern US

Forest ecosystem influences tick-borne disease risk in the eastern US

Few refreshers about how to stay healthy in summer

Few refreshers about how to stay healthy in summer

New environmental monitoring project finds increased numbers of deer ticks in Southern Indiana

New environmental monitoring project finds increased numbers of deer ticks in Southern Indiana

Lyme disease researcher dispels misconceptions about ticks and provides prevention tips

Lyme disease researcher dispels misconceptions about ticks and provides prevention tips

MIT researchers develop new versatile plug-and-play diagnostic devices

MIT researchers develop new versatile plug-and-play diagnostic devices

Massachussetts public health department receives $100,000 grant to subsidize cost of tick testing

Massachussetts public health department receives $100,000 grant to subsidize cost of tick testing

Ticks and mosquitoes a “growing health problem” says CDC

Ticks and mosquitoes a “growing health problem” says CDC

New diagnostic methods offer better chance for more accurate detection of Lyme disease

New diagnostic methods offer better chance for more accurate detection of Lyme disease

Researchers develop low-cost, portable laboratory on a phone to detect infections

Researchers develop low-cost, portable laboratory on a phone to detect infections

Using biomimicry for faster detection of disease outbreaks

Using biomimicry for faster detection of disease outbreaks

New blood test shows promise to revolutionize diagnosis of tick-borne diseases

New blood test shows promise to revolutionize diagnosis of tick-borne diseases

Important facts to know about Lyme disease and anesthesia

Important facts to know about Lyme disease and anesthesia

Study: Living Lyme disease bacteria found months after antibiotic treatment

Study: Living Lyme disease bacteria found months after antibiotic treatment

New tests offer better chance for more accurate detection of Lyme disease

New tests offer better chance for more accurate detection of Lyme disease

Inexplicable cases of anaphylaxis caused by uncommon red meat allergy, study finds

Inexplicable cases of anaphylaxis caused by uncommon red meat allergy, study finds

IGeneX launches three new tests to aid diagnosis of Borreliosis

IGeneX launches three new tests to aid diagnosis of Borreliosis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis affects more than 300,000 children in the U.S.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis affects more than 300,000 children in the U.S.

New paper-based test can diagnose Zika infection within 20 minutes

New paper-based test can diagnose Zika infection within 20 minutes

Vaccine to prevent Lyme disease on the cards

Vaccine to prevent Lyme disease on the cards