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Lyme disease is an infectious illness caused by the bacterium known as Borrelia, which creates a condition more correctly known as Borreliosis or Lyme Borreliosis. The bacteria, a spirochete, is transmitted when an individual is bitten by a vector, usually a tick. Lyme disease can impact many bodily systems and organs and can, in some cases, mimic other illnesses (e.g. lupus).
Lyme disease manifests as a multi-systemic illness that can result in symptoms affecting random parts of the body including the muscles, joints, organs, brain, gastro-intestinal and neurological systems. Lyme disease is generally categorised into acute (early) and chronic (late) stages of disease, each with varying symptoms.
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