Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of ticks. The bite transfers a bacteria called Borrelia, which spreads the infection, and it usually requires 36-48 hours for the bacteria to transmit the disease. The symptoms of this disease occur between 3-30 days. They are the classic bull's eye rash (erythema migrans), fever and chills, muscle fatigue, pain in the joints and swollen lymph nodes. The symptoms that occur later, sometimes months after the tick bite, are severe headaches, stiff neck, erythema migrans in various other parts of the body, Bell’s palsy; tendon pain of joints, muscles and bones; irregular heartbeat; breathlessness, inflammation; pain in the nerves and short term loss of memory.
HOW IS LYME DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
25% of people suffering from Lyme disease do not show rashes.