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What is a Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease, or Lyme borreliosis, is an emerging infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia. Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto is the main cause of Lyme disease in North America, whereas Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii cause most European cases.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. Borrelia is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks belonging to a few species of the genus Ixodes ("hard ticks"). 

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Never give up.

Posted by Armando Abrero on April 20, 2014 at 4:52pm 2 Comments

Just wanted to share this inspiring video.

Laugh often. Love a lot. Be strong. Never give up.…

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March 2014 Community Newsletter

Posted by Ben Munoz on March 27, 2014 at 11:50pm 0 Comments

Dear Lyme Disease Support Family and Friends,

March 2014 is an exciting month for Ben’s Friends, as everything seems to fall into place! But before we share the good news, we invite you to participate in a brief survey on the positive…

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