Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. Lyme disease was first recognized in Old Lyme, Connecticut in the 1970s. The first case of Lyme disease reported in California was from Sonoma in 1978.

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Lyme disease and Other
Tick-borne Diseases

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California Dept. of Public Health

Other Tick-borne Diseases

Babesia is a protozoan parasite that infects human red blood cells. People get infected with the parasites through a tick bite or blood transfusion (rarely). Babesia microti transmitted by deer ticks is common in Northeastern United States. In California, people infected with a different Babesia duncani parasite by the bite of Western black-legged tick.

Symptoms varies from mild to severe, and fatal cases may occur for patients have weak immune system or without a spleen. Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sweats, and muscle aches) usually develop within one to four weeks after the tick bite or blood transfusion.

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