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Lyme disease is an infection caused by the corkscrew-shaped bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, a member of the family of spirochetes.
Prevent Lyme Disease
- Wear repellent: Use a repellent with 20% DEET.
- Check for ticks daily: Check for Ticks on you and your children. Tickslike to hide in folds of skin and in hair. Check pets too.
- Shower soon after being outdoors: Shower after being outdoors to remove ticks. Tumble clothes in a hot dryer to kill hidden ticks.
- Call a doctor if you get a fever or rash: A lyme disease rash may appear within 3-30 days followed by fever, muscle and joint pain, or fatigue.
See brochure: Lyme Disease What you need to know