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What is Lyme disease? What causes 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. In Europe, another bacterium, Borrelia afzelii, also causes Lyme disease. 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.

What is the history of Lyme disease?

Interestingly, the disease only became apparent in 1975 when mothers of a group of children who lived near each other in Lyme, Connecticut, made researchers aware that their children had all been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. This unusual grouping of illness that appeared "rheumatoid" eventually led researchers to the identification of the bacterial cause of the children's condition, what was then called "Lyme disease" in 1982.

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    by Kirstin Broweleit on 08/07/2013

    I'm sorry,but the info on this app is completely contrary to the truth behind Lyme Disease. I've had it almost 27 yrs & its now @ the terminal stage. Also, it IS communicable btwn humans,same way as HIV/AIDS. My husband has acquired it from me & I'e a fri

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    by A Google User on 11/10/2012

    Not all sections of the app load. Having been diagnosed with lyme disease 2 years ago I still have the symptoms after being treated with antibiotics. Please improve.