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Sixty seconds on . . . Lyme disease

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 09 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5976
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Suddenly, it’s Lyme time

You’re right. All sorts of ill defined symptoms are being blamed on chronic infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease. It’s become an epidemic, in the press.

But not in reality?

No. People do catch Lyme disease from tick bites, and the infection can be unpleasant and in some cases persistent, causing inflammatory arthritis and heart and nervous system …

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