Fossilized Tick Provides Evidence that Lyme Disease is Millions of Years Older than Humans

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there about 300,000 cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. each year. The stealthy, often misdiagnosed disease was discovered nearly 40 years ago in a town called Lyme, Connecticut, which is how it got its name. However, newly discovered fossilized ticks show that the bacteria […]

Co-Discoverer of Lyme Disease Dies at Age 79

Stephen Malawista, one of the discoverers of Lyme disease, died Wednesday at age 79. Malawista and his research team are credited with discovering Lyme disease in the 1970s and with helping to show that the tick-borne illness could be treated with antibiotics. The first cases occurred in the Connecticut towns of Lyme and Old Lyme […]

CDC Estimates 300,000 Lyme Disease Cases in U.S. Each Year

Preliminary estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is around 300,000. The preliminary estimates were presented Sunday night in Boston at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases. This early estimate is based on findings from […]