What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne disease in the United States, poses a serious health crisis both nationally and internationally.
Transmitted by the bite of a tick, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by borrelia spirochetes. Spirochetes are spiral-shaped bacteria.
Lyme disease is a systemic infection that can affect almost any part of the body.
Since Lyme is a multi-system disease, the list of symptoms is long, and it is common to see symptoms affecting multiple systems.
Where is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is found in many countries worldwide.
In the United States, all fifty states have reported Lyme disease.
Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases move into new areas as infected ticks travel on migrating birds and other animals.
It is important to take proper precautions nationwide to reduce the risk of contracting tick-borne pathogens.