Dr. John Chovan
Lyme disease, deer tick, bull's eye rash, Borrelia burgdorferi, erythema migrans
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Lyme disease (LD) is a zoonotic infection transmitted by black-legged (deer) ticks. This disease is the most common vector-bourne illness in the United States (Maloney, 2016). The tick transmits Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the bacterial agent of LD. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) suspects the disease is highly underreported in the United States (Clayton, Dunn, Jones, Jones, & Schaffner, 2015). Even with the disease being underreported, LD is the fifth most commonly reported nationally notifiable disease (Delorey, et al., 2015). Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease can vary greatly in severity. This disease often causes multisystemic illness, starting locally at the skin, and then the bacteria can spread to other body sites during the late stages of the disease (Maloney, 2016).
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