Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, a complex microbe known as a spirochete. Lyme disease is a multi-systemic illness, if left untreated it can become a severely debilitating illness affecting the central nervous system, joints, and multiple organs, including the heart and brain. It presents in multiple-stages from: acute (early stage) to chronic (late stage or persisting) illness. The CDC estimates over 300,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. It is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the U.S. and Western Europe.This year, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases (ILADS) 18th Annual Scientific Conference presented a theme, Tick-Borne Diseases: A Global Perspective. Leading physicians, scientists, and others with expertise in tick-borne diseases shared important research updates, and other evidence-based clinical data with their peers. Join us to hear a summary of key data and information presented at the ILADS 18th Annual Scientific Conference.