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Lyme Disease. Alyssa Spencer. What is Lyme Disease?. Lyme Disease, also known as Lyme Borreliosis, is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterium spread by black-legged ticks from animals such as mice and deer. Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease.

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Lyme disease

Lyme Disease

Alyssa Spencer


What is lyme disease
What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease, also known as Lyme Borreliosis, is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterium spread by black-legged ticks from animals such as mice and deer


Signs and symptoms of lyme disease
Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

  • Red, expanding rash called erythema migrans (EM)

  • Fatigue, fever, chills, headache, swollen lymph nodes

  • Facial or Bell’s palsy (loss of muscle tone in one or both side of the face)

  • Meningitis

  • Shooting pain

  • Pain and swelling in joints

  • (Worst stage) severe joint pain


Treatment for lyme disease
Treatment for Lyme Disease

  • Usually, a series of antibiotics are required. Common antibiotics used are doxycycline, amoxicillin, and cefuroxime axetil


What s the worst that can happen
What’s the worst that can happen?

  • If gone untreated too long, the patient can develop severe joint pain and arthritis

  • If the disease spreads to the spinal cord or nerves, serious nervous system problems can result. They will take the form of pain and weakness in arms or legs

  • Rarely, months and even years later a patient can develop heart problems. However, all of these issues are somewhat treatable.


Facts about lyme disease
Facts about Lyme Disease:

  • 95% of all reported cases come from 16 states, the top ten of which are in the New England area.

  • Worldwide, cases are concentrated in upper North America, Europe, Russia and China.


Works cited
Works Cited

  • http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002296/#adam_001319.disease.causes

  • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lyme-disease/DS00116

  • http://arthritis.webmd.com/tc/lyme-disease-what-happens

  • http://www.lymediseaseblog.com/getting-rid-of-lyme-disease/


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