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Lyme disease is an illness caused by a bacterial organism, Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to animals and humans through the bite of infected ticks. The disease has been reported in nearly all US states, but the majority of cases occur in the Northeast (New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey). Although different ticks are carriers depending on the region of the country, hard-bodied ticks are the primary onesStory | Conversation | July 21, 2003