As someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, what can I do to protect myself from Lyme disease?
A note on the origin of the name “Lyme Disease”.
Lyme disease takes its name from the town of Lyme in the state of Connecticut in the USA.
The condition was first described in the 1970s when children in the area suddenly started to suffer from what appeared to be juvenile rheumatoid arthritis — the first term that researchers used was “Lyme arthritis.”
As it turned out, arthritis was only one of many symptoms associated with the disease. Acknowledging this, doctors and medical researchers started to refer to the condition as “Lyme disease” and this remains the most commonly-used name.