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Season of Ticks: Don’t Let Them Take a Bite Out of Your Summer

Every year thousands of adults, children and pets across the country are exposed to Lyme disease and other diseases carried by ticks. Simple precautions can help you avoid getting sick from these blood-feeding creatures.

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Lyme Disease
(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
Lyme disease, or borreliosis, is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged deer tick. Information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, research and more.

Neurological Complications Of Lyme Disease
(National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
Neurological complications most often occur in the second stage of Lyme disease, with numbness, pain, weakness, Bell's palsy (paralysis of the facial muscles), visual disturbances, and meningitis symptoms such as fever, stiff neck, and severe headache.

Tickborne Diseases
(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
Tickborne diseases are becoming a serious problem in the U.S. as people increasingly build homes in formerly uninhabited wilderness areas where ticks and their animal hosts live. Tickborne diseases include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, Southern tick-associated rash illness(STARI), ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosi, babesiosis and tularemia.

Taking the 'Bite' Out of Vector-Borne Diseases
(National Institute of General Medical Sciences)
Mosquitos, ticks, worms—these all are "middle men" when it comes to disease spread. They can carry and transmit bacteria, viruses and other pathogens to us that cause dengue fever, Lyme disease and other vector-borne infections. As one approach to help reduce and even eliminate these diseases in people, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health are studying the basic mechanisms that let the infection-causing organisms flourish inside their hosts.

A History of Lyme Disease, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
In the early 1970s, a mysterious group of rheumatoid arthritis cases occurred among children in Lyme, Connecticut, and two neighboring towns. Learn about the history, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Lyme disease.

 

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