Lyme Disease | Causes & Risk Factors

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Who gets Lyme disease?

People who spend time in areas where ticks are common (either for work or recreation) are at higher risk of getting tick-borne diseases. Ticks usually wait near the top of grassy plants and low bushes for people or animals to brush up against their perch. Ticks will often crawl upward on people's clothes or bodies for up to several hours or more before attaching to the skin.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00

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