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  • What is Lyme Disease
  • Symptoms
  • Prevention
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Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. These bacteria are carried by the black-legged tick. When an infected tick bites you, it can transfer bacteria under the skin, leading to infection. If diagnosed and treated early, many patients recover. However, if not diagnosed or treated early, Lyme can develop into a chronic illness.

Learn about Lyme disease.

Lyme disease, known as "The Great Imitator," mimics many other conditions like multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and lupus. Lyme symptoms are wide-ranging, with more than a hundred different symptoms recorded. Symptoms can also change over time as the bacteria spreads throughout the body. If you've been having unexplained symptoms, consider Lyme disease.

Learn about the stages and symptoms

Tick bite prevention is critical. Ticks are more active than ever before, and in more areas than ever before. Practicing good tick bite prevention habits is the best way to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Good habits range from what clothing you wear, where you walk, and how often you check for ticks.

Learn how to Be Tick AWARE

Diagnosing Lyme disease can often be complex and easy to miss, given the severe limitations of diagnostic testing, wide-ranging symptoms, and a lack of education about the disease. Diagnosis should be based on a combination of clinical evaluation from a knowledgeable healthcare provider and diagnostic testing. Early and accurate diagnosis is essential in treating Lyme. GLA provides a free service to help you find a Lyme specialist in your area.

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Our Research/Research Blogs

The Research

Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) is dedicated to accelerating the development of more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The urgency of our research mission is greater than ever before.

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Our Process

GLA’s world-class Scientific Advisory Board awards research grants following guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Funds raised support researchers at accredited universities conducting evidence-based research. Learn about our funded research.

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Borrelia miyamotoi: Hiding in Plain Sight?

GLA's Director of Research and Science, Dr. Mayla Hsu, discusses findings by Dr. Shannon Delaney, who suggests that Borrelia miyamotoi is an infectious trigger for chronic illness, closely resembling Lyme disease.

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Borrelia miyamotoi: Hiding in Plain Sight?
The Similarities Between Post-COVID-19 and Lyme Disease

Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. have lingering illness following COVID-19, known as post-Covid “long haulers.” Why do some people recover relatively quickly from Lyme disease and Covid-19, and a significant number do not?

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Living with these multiple diseases has quite literally stolen my life.”

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We are the Global Lyme Alliance. We are dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, education, awareness, and patient services.

Our vision is to improve the quality of life for individuals who suffer from Lyme and work to prevent future generations from contracting a tick-borne illness.

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