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What causes Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is caused by a deer tick. When the deer tick bites a person or animal, it can spread the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi into their blood, causing an infection. If the tick stays attached to you for longer than a day, you are more likely to get Lyme disease. Deer ticks are most commonly found in areas with woods and lots of high grass. The ticks are tiny, and may be extremely difficult to see.

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