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LYME DISEASE
Lyme disease is a disease caused by an infection. It

    affects the skin, then the joints, then the nervous
    system,...
It can be hard to diagnose Lyme disease because

    many of its symptoms look like those that occur with
    other disea...
People with Lyme disease should take


    antibiotics, sometimes for several weeks.
    Researchers are working on a vac...
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  1. 1. LYME DISEASE
  2. 2. Lyme disease is a disease caused by an infection. It  affects the skin, then the joints, then the nervous system, and eventually other organs if it is not treated. Lyme disease is associated with ticks, but ticks don’t  actually cause the disease. The disease is caused by a kind of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. This particular bacteria is found in certain wild animals, including mice and deer. When a tick bites these animals, it gets the bacteria from them. Then if it leaves the animal and bites you, it can transfer the bacteria to you through its bite. People should be careful if they are in areas where these ticks are (generally damp, wooded areas) and should examine themselves for ticks once they leave the area.
  3. 3. It can be hard to diagnose Lyme disease because  many of its symptoms look like those that occur with other diseases. Usually the first symptom of Lyme disease is a rash which spreads from the site of the tick bite. The rash usually appears a week or two after the tick bite. The person may also feel joint pains or general achiness, chills, fever and headache. Later there may be other rashes, a stiff neck, a feeling of paralysis in the face, tingling or numbness in the arms and legs, headache, sore throat and severe fatigue. In the late stage of untreated Lyme disease, people may experience arthritis (pain and swelling) of one or two large joints, brain problems such as disorientation, short term memory loss, mental quot;fogquot; and numbness in the hands or feet.
  4. 4. People with Lyme disease should take  antibiotics, sometimes for several weeks. Researchers are working on a vaccine to prevent Lyme disease, but it has been made available yet.
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