What Is Lyme Disease:
Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia – which is a spirochete bacteria. Lyme disease is thought to be the most complex bacteria known to man and it’s the most common tick-borne disease in the northern hemisphere. Lyme disease is a multisystemic illness – meaning that it affects multiple organs, the tissue, bones, nerves and brain of the infected person. To find out more about the symptoms of Lyme disease click here.
Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick (not all ticks are infected with Lyme disease but a growing number now are). There is growing evidence to suggest that Lyme disease can be spread through other biting vectors such as mosquitos, spiders, mites, etc. There is also mounting concerns over blood and organ donation being a source of transmission.
It is not uncommon to be unaware of having been bitten by a tick! Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed, that’s the size of a pinhead or a full stop, so it’s very easy to miss a tick bite. Luckily, there are things which can be done to reduce your chances of being bitten. Check out the following link to find out more. There are also repellents which can protect you where your out and about – click here to see more.