What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called "Borrelia burgdorferi". Not all ticks are infected, although, the ticks that do transmit the disease get the bacteria from other infected animals such as deer, mice and birds. Most cases of Lyme disease are found in children 4-5 years old and adults 40-50 years old. Some symptoms of Lyme disease can start as soon as 3-30 days after a tick bite. Some earlier symptoms of Lyme disease are, muscle aches, fever, fatigue, joint pain especially in knees, stiff neck and change in heart rate. Some of the later symptoms are heart problems and inflammation of eyes and liver (very rare).