WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?
Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, a complex microbe known as a spirochete. Lyme disease is a multi-staged, multi-systemic illness. Presentations vary by stage: acute (early stage) and chronic (late stage or persisting) illness.
Lyme is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States and Western Europe. If untreated, it can become a severely debilitating illness affecting multiple organs, including joints, heart, brain and other parts of the central nervous system.
HOW DO YOU GET LYME DISEASE?
Lyme disease is transmitted from the bite of an infected blacklegged (deer) tick. Ticks look for hosts to feed–hosts can include pets, deer, mice, birds, squirrels, some reptiles, and yes, people.
WHO GETS LYME DISEASE?
We are all at risk. Men, women, children, pets are all susceptible. The most at risk groups are children under the age of 15, adults over 50, and outdoor workers. Anyone who is exposed to infected ticks is at risk.
329,000+ PEOPLE DIAGNOSED IN U.S. EACH YEAR
This is more than hepatitis C, HIV, colon cancer, and breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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