What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that are spread to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Lyme disease can cause serious joint, heart or central nervous system problems if it is not recognized early in the disease process and treated appropriately.

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1. What is Lyme disease?
2. How common is Lyme disease nationwide and in New Jersey?
3. What should I do if I find a tick on me?
4. After I remove an attached tick, should I have it identified?
5. Should I be medically treated after removing an attached tick?
6. How can I prevent diseases spread by ticks?