March 2008, Volume 38 Number 3 , p 20 - 20
Walker, Barbara Wyand RN, CIC, BSN
Barbara Wyand Walker is an infection control coordinator at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, W.Va.
TINY DEER TICKS transport and transmit Lyme disease, an infection that can cause serious and long-lasting problems. This vector-borne illness caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi can involve the skin, joints, heart, and nervous system.
When Lyme disease is diagnosed and treated early, the patient is likely to recover completely. However, advanced or chronic Lyme disease may cause serious neurologic problems as the infection spreads to the brain, nerves, or spinal cord. Meningitis (infection and inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain ...