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Lyme disease: What are the symptoms?

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Lyme disease: What are the symptoms?
Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:51:50 -0500

Some people who have been bitten by an infected tick get Lyme disease and don't have early symptoms. Other people may develop a skin rash, fever, stiff neck, or swollen joints. 

Lyme Disease

The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi cause Lyme disease. The bite of an infected blacklegged tick transmits Lyme disease to humans. After several days or weeks, the bacteria may spread throughout the body of an infected person. Symptoms may include:

  • A skin rash, often resembling a bulls-eye
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Stiff neck
  • Swelling of knees and other large joints

Doctors use antibody tests to help diagnose Lyme disease. Blood is drawn and the laboratory specialist will look for Lyme disease antibodies in the blood sample. You may wish to view more information about Lyme disease antibody tests.

Some people have Lyme disease and do not have any early symptoms. Other people have a fever and other "flu-like" symptoms without a rash. You can take steps to prevent infection, such as avoiding tick-infested areas and applying insect repellant. You may wish to view information about Lyme disease prevention and control.

For more information on Lyme disease, please visit the Lyme disease website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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by usa.gov team

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