Disease Information for Lyme meningoencephalitis: Definition

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  • An infectious disease caused by a spirochete, BORRELIA BURGDORFERI, which is transmitted chiefly by Ixodes dammini (see IXODES) and pacificus ticks in the United States and Ixodes ricinis (see IXODES) in Europe; It is a disease with early and late cutaneous manifestations plus involvement of the nervous system, heart, eye, and joints in variable combinations; facial palsy, peripheral neuropathy and meningoencephalitis are seen in neurologic subset; long parenteral antibiotic is needed for treatment

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