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WHAT IS IT?
Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted to people by ticks. The bacterium species is Borrelia burgdorferi. The Black-legged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) is a vector for Lyme disease. This tick is also known as the deer tick. A tick bite is usually painless and many people who develop Lyme disease do not remember being bitten.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Muscle/Joint Aches
- Swollen Lymph nodes
- Stiff Neck
- Erythema Migrans (EM) Rash/Bullseye
- Shortness of breath
- Short-term memory problems
- Speech Problems
These symptoms usually occur within 3 to 30 days after the tick bite. Late stage symptoms usually occur within days to months after the tick bite.