Lyme Disease is caused by borrelia burgdorferi, a pathogen transmitted by the black legged tick. It is treatable but can become Chronic lyme disease. (See Chronic lyme disease page for more detail.)
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on Treatment
- Patients treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely. Antibiotics commonly used for oral treatment include doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. Patients with certain neurological or cardiac forms of illness may require intravenous treatment with drugs such as ceftriaxone or penicillin.
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Diseases & Conditions: Lyme Disease
- 2006, The Clinical Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Lyme Disease, Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis: Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America - Oxford Academic
- 2016, Researchers identify new Borrelia species that causes Lyme disease, ScienceDaily, Mayo Clinic
Some future research will focus on a spectrum of pathogens instead of a "one pathogen-one disease" vision.
- 31 July 2016, BBC Magazine - How I was floored by a tick
- 23 April 2014, Perth Now - Lyme disease — a ticking timebomb that health authorities say does not exist
- Arthritis and Lyme Disease Lyme Disease Symptoms - WebMD
- Lyme Disease - Treatment - CDC
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