John D. Chovan, James R. Cacchillo
Borrelia burgdorferi, Spirochetes
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Medical Pathology | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection transmitted primarily by the deer tick and is commonly seen in the United States. It is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is a spirochete (Pearson, 2014). Lyme disease’s prevalence is confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions whom estimates that 30,000 people per year are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the Unites States (Moore, 2015). It is imperative that primary health care workers (such as Nurse Practitioners) are familiar with this disease and the early signs and symptoms. If early signs and symptoms go unnoticed or misdiagnosed by a healthcare professional, the spirochete infection may lead to a more difficult disease pathway that may be fatal (Moore, 2015).
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