Lyme Disease - Cause
Lyme disease is caused
by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Infected ticks spread the bacteria by biting people or
Two types of ticks carry the Lyme disease bacteria in the
U.S. They are:
- Deer ticks . They spread the disease in the Northeast
- Western black-legged ticks . They spread
the disease along the Pacific coast, mostly in northern California and
Dogs, cats, and horses can become infected with Lyme
disease bacteria, but they can't pass the illness to humans. But infected
ticks may fall off the animals and then bite and infect humans.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 21, 2012
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