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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 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

Few tips to remove a tick and prevent future bites

Few tips to remove a tick and prevent future bites

Study of ticks and tick-borne diseases receive global boost

Study of ticks and tick-borne diseases receive global boost

New biomarkers for early Lyme Disease identified

New biomarkers for early Lyme Disease identified

When wounds won’t heal, therapies spread — to the tune of $5 billion

When wounds won’t heal, therapies spread — to the tune of $5 billion

Study shows how climate change affects Europe's most dangerous pathogens

Study shows how climate change affects Europe's most dangerous pathogens

New research helps unravel ecological interplay of African bat, novel virus and a parasite

New research helps unravel ecological interplay of African bat, novel virus and a parasite

Infectious disease experts examine how quickly Lyme disease symptoms resolve in children

Infectious disease experts examine how quickly Lyme disease symptoms resolve in children

ISU entomologist urges summertime precautions against mosquitoes and ticks

ISU entomologist urges summertime precautions against mosquitoes and ticks

Preventative measures can help minimize rising threat of tick-borne illnesses

Preventative measures can help minimize rising threat of tick-borne illnesses

Study identifies conservation management activities that could affect Lyme disease risk

Study identifies conservation management activities that could affect Lyme disease risk

UC Santa Cruz researcher identifies major gaps that must be filled in to control Lyme disease

UC Santa Cruz researcher identifies major gaps that must be filled in to control Lyme disease

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