Lyme disease is an infection that is transmitted by ticks and is the most common vector-borne disease in the US. It is caused by infection with the spiral-shaped bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi or Borrelia mayonii (rarely) that resides in the stomach of the ticks. The infected ticks of the genus Ixodes, commonly called black-legged deer ticks, transmit this disease to humans via tick bites. Read more: What Are the Symptoms of Lyme Disease in Humans? Article
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Lyme disease is a bacterial illness, which is spread by ticks when they bite the skin. Initially the disease affects the skin causing a reddish rash associated with flu-like symptoms. It takes weeks to months after the initial redness of the skin for its effects to spread throughout the body. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. Lyme disease can be prevented by using tick avoidance techniques.
What Are the Three Stages of Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is an infectious disease transmitted to humans via ticks. People spending time outdoors are at the highest risk of contracting this disease, especially in woody, bushy and grassy areas of the northeastern and mid-northern US. The three stages of Lyme disease can overlap with each other, and patients may not go through all of the stages. Antibiotics are used to treat Lyme disease, and patients recover faster if treated in the early stages.
Is Lyme Disease Contagious?
Lyme disease may be transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected tick. The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi causes the disease and is passed to humans during a tick's blood meal. Lyme disease does not spread from person to person.
Can Lyme Disease Be Cured?
Lyme disease is a multisystem illness caused by infection with the microorganism, Borrelia burgdorferi, and the body’s immune response to its infection. The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease usually appear one to 30 days after a tick bite, but most commonly between seven to 14 days. Lyme disease is known as a vector-borne disease.
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