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What is 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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"It certainly could be, Lost Girl. I could never tolerate being constantly hounded and followed by…"
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Sending our best to dkel,

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2 What Are 10 Things We Don't Know About You?

What Are 10 Things We Don't Know About You?

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3 Please Welcome Our New Moderator - slmo

Please Welcome Our New Moderator - slmo

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