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Spring and summer hikes through the woods can be lovely – as long as you don’t get ticked! Tiny ticks, about the size of a poppy seed, can cause Lyme disease, an increasingly common infection.
- Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi that is only transmitted to humans when they are bitten by an infected tick.
- To infect its host, a tick typically must be attached to the skin for at least 36 hours.
- Most cases of Lyme disease occur in late spring and early summer.
- The most common symptoms of Lyme disease include a red, circular “bulls-eye” rash often accompanied by muscle and joint aches. About 70 to 80 percent of people infected develop the rash, which shows up several days to weeks after the tick bites.
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