an acute, recurrent, inflammatory disease caused by a spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi) transmitted by certain ticks (esp. Ixodes dammini), characterized at first by a skin rash, headache, fever, etc. and later by arthritis, neurological damage, and cardiac abnormalities
An inflammatory disease caused by a spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi) that is transmitted by ticks and usually characterized by an initial rash followed by flulike symptoms including fever, joint pain, and headache. If left untreated, the disease can result in chronic arthritis and nerve and heart dysfunction.
Origin of Lyme diseaseAfter Lyme and Old Lyme, towns in southeast Connecticut where the diagnosis of an unusually high number of juvenile arthritis cases in 1975 led to the identification of the disease.
(plural Lyme diseases)
Named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut, USA, where a number of cases were identified in 1975.