What Causes Lyme Disease ?

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What Causes Lyme Disease ?

One of the most common diseases to be caused by an insect bite in the US is the Lyme disease. It is caused by the ticks found on the deer and is also called deer tick fever. Lyme disease was first discovered in Lyme of Connecticut by a person called Borrelia burgdorferi, and the bacteria which causes it has been named after the scientist who found it.

The tick actually carries the bacteria, and this type of bacteria is found commonly on smaller animals. The ticks which sit on the smaller animals pick it up form them and then they also bite deer. However, deer do not get infected by this bacterium. This tick can fly from deer to humans and when they bite human beings, they pass on the bacteria to the blood stream causing Lyme disease. Several cases of Lyme disease are reported every single year in the United States.

Lyme disease is not contagious and it cannot pass from one person to another through contact. However, it can pass on only if the tick bites another person. The prevalence of Lyme disease is higher on the East Coast because the deer population is higher in these parts. However, every single state reports thousands of cases of the disease every month. On an average deer you can find more than 200 ticks, and out of these ticks it is highly possible the nearly 40 percent of them may be carrying the bacteria. Not all tick bites end up in Lyme disease, and only the ones that are carrying the bacteria can cause the disease.

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