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WHAT IS IT?

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted to people by ticks. The bacterium species is Borrelia burgdorferi. The Black-legged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) is a vector for Lyme disease. This tick is also known as the deer tick. A tick bite is usually painless and many people who develop Lyme disease do not remember being bitten.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle/Joint Aches
  • Swollen Lymph nodes
  • Stiff Neck
  • Erythema Migrans (EM) Rash/Bullseye
  • Shortness of breath
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Speech Problems

These symptoms usually occur within 3 to 30 days after the tick bite. Late stage symptoms usually occur within days to months after the tick bite.

HOW CAN I PREVENT CONTRACTING THIS DISEASE?

Patients treated with doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil early usually recover completely. The antibiotics are usually taken for 14 to 21 days. The longer a tick is attached to the human host, the more likely it is to transmit a pathogen. The tick needs to be attached for at least 24 hours to cause Lyme disease. Removing a tic