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Let us first look at what is a tick...
In the United States, two closely related tick
species - Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes
pacificus - have been identified as harboring
and transmitting the disease - causing Borrelia
bacterium to people and animals. I. scapularis,
the black-legged tick, is found in the eastern
U.S., and I. pacificus, the western
black-legged tick, is on the West Coast.
Ixodes species are smaller than the common
American "dog tick," which does not transmit
the Lyme Disease-causing spirochetes.
Here are four forms of the
Ixodes tick, larva, nymph.
Pictured above is both adult male
Now let us define Lyme Disease...
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is a bacterial illness caused by a
bacterium called a "spirochete." In the United States,
the actual name of the bacterium is Borrelia
burgdorferi. Certain ticks found on deer harbor the
bacterium in their stomachs. Lyme disease is spread
by these ticks when they bite the skin, which permits
the bacterium to infect the body. Lyme disease is not
contagious from an affected person to someone else.
Lyme disease can cause abnormalities in the skin,
joints, heart, and nervous system.
Tick crawling on human skin.
An infected tick can transmit the spirochete to the humans and animals it bites.
Untreated, the bacterium travels through the bloodstream, establishes itself in various
body tissues, and can cause a number of symptoms, some of which are severe.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease affects different areas of the body in varying degrees as it progresses.
The site where the tick bites the body is where the bacteria enter through the skin.
Initially, the disease affects the skin, causing an expanding reddish rash often
associated with "flu-like" symptoms. Later, it can produce abnormalities in the joints,
heart, and nervous system.
3 Phases of Lyme Disease
Some people with
Lyme disease have a
rash (called an
erythema migrans) at
the site of the tick bite.
The rash is usually
circular and it gets
larger over time.
If Lyme disease is not detected
and treated while early
symptoms are present, or if
you do not have early
symptoms that trigger the
need for treatment, the
infection may affect the skin,
joints, nervous system, and
heart within weeks to months
after the initial infection. Read
If Lyme disease is
not promptly or
damage to the
joints, nerves, and
brain may develop
months or years
after you become
infected (late Lyme