Lyme Disease and Syphilis

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium called a spirochete, closely related to the spirochete that causes syphilis.

Both diseases:

  • Are treated with antibiotics.
  • Have similar symptoms.
  • Have an early stage and a late stage.
  • Can cause arthritis, movement disorders, psychiatric illness, heart problems, and blindness.
  • Are called “the great imitator” because they imitate many other diseases.
  • Cause a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction when treatment begins.
  • Can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and children born with the illness.
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