About Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection (Borrelia burgdorferi) most commonly caused by the bite of a deer tick. The name is derived from the place where it was first identified in the U.S., 1975 in Lyme Connecticut. The bacterium has a spiral shape.

The symptoms depend on how long the infection has been in one’s body. In most cases, the first symptom is the appearance of a bulls eye shaped rash that expands.

If Lyme Disease is not treated, some people may develop heart problems, neurological symptoms, and/or a 60% chance of developing Lyme arthritis.

Lyme Disease can be contracted at any time of year, but it is most common between April and October. Lyme Disease is found in the U.S. and throughout Europe and Asia. The most common areas for transmission of Lyme Disease are in the U.S. Northeast, the upper Midwest, and in Northwestern areas.