The first known existence of the Borrelia bacteria dates back to up to 20 million years ago. The disease is named after the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut, US, where a number of cases were identified in 1975. It was established to be a tick-borne disease in 1978, and the bacterium responsible was identified in 1981 by entomologist Dr. Willy Burgdorfer.
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