Borrelia miyamotoi is a disease caused by the bacteria B. miyamotoi. It is spread by the bite of an infected Ixodes scapularis tick, also called the deer tick. This tick is endemic in the state of Maine, and can be found throughout the state. Common signs and symptoms of B. miyamotoi include fever, chills, and headache. Other symptoms include sweats, muscle and joint pain, and confusion.
B. miyamotoi is diagnosed based on symptoms and blood tests. Co-infections with other tickborne diseases may occur.
Resources for Maine Residents
- Borrelia Miyamotoi Fact Sheet (PDF)
- University of Maine Orono's Tick Identification Lab
- Frequently Asked Tick Questions
- Video: How to Perform a Tick Check
- Video: Tick Identification
- Video: How Do I Remove a Tick?
- Video: Reducing Tick Habitat Around Your Home