Lyme disease is a bacterial disease which in the US is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi or newly discovered Borrelia mayonii. The bacteria can attack all of the systems in the body and produce many different Lyme disease symptoms, which is why it has often been called the great imitator. Women with Lyme disease who are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant need to receive appropriate care from a knowledgeable Lyme disease doctor. Information on Lyme and pregnancy can be found in this section. Guidelines which help doctors with Lyme treatment have been developed and some can be found here, as well as various photos and videos pertaining to Lyme disease bacteria.

05 March 2010

Lyme disease bacteriumLyme disease is caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), or by newly discovered Borrelia mayonii. It is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected tick−Ixodes scapularis in the East, Ixodes pacificus in the West. 
 

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21 May 2017

bacteria. Slide of Borrrelia burgdorferi spirochete. Lyme is a multi-systemic disease caused by the bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) which normally is a spirochete-shaped bacteria. It is transmitted by the bite of the black legged tick (deer tick), Ixodes Scapularis, and Ixodes pacificus. Lyme disease may also be transmitted in utero; from a mother to her unborn baby.

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26 May 2017

LDA Lyme Rash PosterA Lyme disease rash may be a symptom of Lyme disease. About 50% of people bitten by a deer tick develop an erythem migrans (EM) rash at the bite site. A classic bull's eye rash with a central clearing is a type of an EM rash, and only about 9% develop that classic bull's eye, other EM rashes look different. Some of those who are bitten by a tick do not develop any rash. Rashes at other than a bite site means disseminated diseases. (Click here for info & printable pdf)

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26 May 2017

LDA Symptom ListLyme disease is a Multi-Systemic Disease caused by the bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) which normally is a bacterial spirochete (spiral) shape. General Early Lyme disease Symptoms & Signs: Erythema Chronicum Migrans (EM) also called the Bull’s Eye Rash, at bite site. Rash only found in 50% of patients.  Other Types of Rashes anywhere on the body (rash at other than bite site signals disseminated disease). Fever & Flu like Symptoms/Illness.

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02 February 2017

Clinical practice guidelines are often used as reference by physicians for Lyme disease treatment and treatment of other tick-borne diseases. The LDA provides some links here for informational purposes only, as LDA does not make specific treatment recommendations.

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01 June 2017

Any woman who has Lyme disease and is considering becoming pregnant or who is pregnant, or who is bitten by a tick during pregnancy, should see a Lyme disease doctor, one who understands the serious medical implications of Lyme during pregnancy. The Lyme bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, can cross the placenta and can cause death of the fetus. The Lyme Disease Association (LDA) has compiled the following list of articles related to Lyme and pregnancy and Lyme and breastfeeding for informational purposes only, for your review and review by your physician.

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26 May 2017

columbia2017 At times, researchers are looking to recruit patients for studies on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. LDA may choose to post details on where patients can apply to become study subjects.

Click here for information on 3 new studies at Columbia University Lyme Research Center

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