Lyme may also be a causative factor in Autism. One of the disorders in which Lyme disease is known to mimic is Autism Spectrum Disorder, because Lyme often affects the brain and nervous system. It is estimated that up to 90% of children with autism may be also infected with Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is a multisystem infectious and inflammatory disease which can affect both children and adults of all ages. It is by far the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the United States. The bite of infected ticks has been known to be one mode of transmission, with studies showing there to be other causative factors.
Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria (spirochete) called Borrelia burgdorferi, which co-exists with other bacterias and parasitic organisms. These highly toxic organisms and their biotoxins invade the tissues and organs in the body and decrease the body's ability to excrete the high level of accumulated pollutants such as heavy metals, chemicals, insecticides, and pesticides. Manifestations of infection could include fever, headache, fatigue, generalized pain, visual disturbances, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. Later manifestations involving the joints, heart, mentation, muscular and nervous system can occur.
Lyme is a syndrome that affects various organ systems, including the joints, muscles, nerves, brain, and heart. Symptoms may include, achy joints, confusion, slurring words or word retrieval problems, brain fog, sensitivity to light and sound. Lyme disease debilitates its victims and in its late stages can be fatal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported approximately 30,000 new cases reported each year, making Lyme disease the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. In 2013, the CDC estimated that the number of unreported cases could be 10 times greater than the number of reported cases.
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