A 53-year-old member asked:
is lyme disease viral or bacterial? is the organism that causes lyme disease virus or bacteria?
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Pediatrics 46 years experience
Bacterial: Lime disease is caused by an infection with a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete. It is spread by the bite of a tick that has acquired the germ.
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Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Lyme disease: Lyme is transmitted by a deer tick (ixodes) and infects with a bacterium known as borrelia burgdorferi.
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Last updated Apr 30, 2020
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