Alphabet Challenge :: L :: Lyme disease

English: National Lyme disease risk map with 4...

English: National Lyme disease risk map with 4 categories of risk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of a blacklegged tick carrying the bacteria Borrelia burgdoferi. The ticks pick up the disease when they bite a mouse or deer infected with B. burgdoferi. There are 3 stages of the disease:

  1. Early localized
  2. Early disseminated
  3. Late disseminated
Generally, an infected tick must be attached to a host body for 24-36 hours in order to transmit the disease. This is made easier by the fact that blacklegged ticks are extremely small. Lyme disease presents flu-like symptoms that may include:
  • Body-wide itching
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • General ill-feeling
  • Headache
  • Light-headedness or fainting
  • Muscle pain
  • Stiff neck
There may also be a bullseye rash at the site of the bite. Untreated, the disease can spread to the joints, heart and brain. Blood tests can be used to determine the presence of Lyme which can be treated with antibiotics. In later stages of the disease, I have seen pets come in to the vet hospital in such intense joint pain that they couldn’t bear to be touched.

Visit Lyme disease – PubMed Health. if you’d like more information on the disease.

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