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Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a vector-borne illness caused by the Borrelia bacteria, transmitted by ticks in the genus Ixodes. This causes a red rash about one week after the tick bite called erythema migrans. It's usually not itchy or painful.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that you may get if a blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick, bites you and stays attached for 36 to 48 hours. If you remove the tick within 48 hours of the bite, you probably won't contract Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is usually transmitted to humans through bites from infected ticks. Soon after, the bacteria make their way into your bloodstream and can begin damaging various tissues in your body. If you go untreated, Lyme disease can lead to an inflammatory condition that affects both internal organs as well as your skin, joints, and nervous system.

What are the chances that you could get Lyme Disease from a tick bite? It all depends on two things: the kind of tick that bit you, and where you were when it happened. Tick species found in wooded areas known for transmission of the disease are more likely to spread Lyme Disease. Additionally, people who live or spend time with domesticated animals in these same wooded areas have a higher risk of contracting Lyme Disease.

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