Lyme Disease

Zoonotic Research

Disease Category

Bacteria

Common Name: Lyme Disease

Scientific Name: Borrelia Burgdorferi

Species Carried by

Ticks

How is it transmitted?

Transmitted to animals and humans through a bite of the infected tick ( vector)

Signs and Symptoms in Animals

Stiff Walk

Sensitive to touch

Fever

Difficult Breathing

Swollen lymph nodes

Signs and Symptoms in Humans

Fever

Rash

Severe Headaches

Dizziness

Harm to humans if not treated

Mood Disturbance

Neuropathy (dizziness)

Arthritis

Migraines

Life threatening disorders affecting heart, lung, and nervous system

Treatment

Antibiotics most commonly used are amoxicillin and doxycyline for humans and dogs.

Ways to Prevent

Animals

  • Give flea and tick preventative
  • Keep away from tall grass and wooded area
Humans

  • Avoid woods and tall grass
  • Cover all skin
  • Check for ticks
  • Use insect repellent 20% deet

Sources

mayoclinic.org

health.ny.gov

cdc.gov

animalplanet.com