Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristics skin rash called erythema migrans which can look like a bullseye. If left untreated, infection can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system. It is important to note that the blacklegged tick does not live in Wyoming and most Wyoming Lyme disease cases traveled to an area where these ticks do live. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat.
Clinicians can find pretest probability information, prophylaxis recommendations, additional resources for Lyme disease on CDC’s Lyme Disease Healthcare Provider page.
Basic information about Lyme disease including signs and symptoms, treatment, transmission, and prevention.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Vector-Borne Diseases released a free, four-part training series for clinicians that will aid front-line healthcare providers with recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease. Free CEs are available.
Lyme disease is reportable to the Wyoming Department of Health. Find reporting information here.