Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans primarily through the bites of infected deer ticks. It is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States according to the CDC.


Over the last five years PA ranked first for reported cases in the U.S.A. The PA Department of Health reports that there were 5758 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme in 2013 with 7,400 cases, a 25% increase, in 2014.


Lyme disease is transmitted mostly by the nymphal deer tick. At this stage, the ticks are the size of a period at the end of a sentence. Many people are not aware when they’ve been bitten by a tick and may not make a connection


Initial symptoms may occur within a day or a week, and often people think they just have a flu or virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, general achiness, swollen glands, fatigue and a possible rash. But some patients may present with only neurological symptoms.


Lyme disease is known as the “great imitator”. Over 150 common Lyme symptoms are core symptoms of other diseases. It takes a skilled medical practitioner to recognize the patterns of what may seem like unrelated symptoms to make a diagnosis of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is frequently


Children and youth are the most likely victims of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Their initial symptoms may go unrecognized and may be considered normal childhood illnesses, allowing the disease to progress undiagnosed and untreated. By the time it is clear there is something wrong,


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Revised July 2015