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Lyme Disease (cont.)

Lyme Disease Causes

B. burgdorferi bacteria cause Lyme disease. The bacteria have a complex life cycle, spending part of their life in the deer tick and part in some mammals such as mice and deer.

Humans are not a part of the bacterium's life cycle but can become infected when bitten by the tick.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/6/2014
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