Difficult Disease to Diagnose
Transmitted by deer ticks, Lyme disease is the most prevalent vector-borne disease (an infection transmitted by insects) in the country, with possibly as many as 300,000 cases each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has shown that the disease costs the U.S. health care system up to $1.3 billion a year. While the good news is that complete recovery is possible in all but the rarest of cases, it's best to avoid Lyme disease altogether. Here are 25 facts you should know, from prevention to diagnosis and treatment.