The Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread through the bite of infected ticks. This can come from deer ticks, sheep ticks, hedgehogs and many small mammals.
Ticks can attach to any part of the human body but are often found in hard-to-see areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36-48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted. Continue reading