Lyme disease is an infection that is transmitted through the bite of a tick infected with a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks typically get the bacterium by biting infected animals, like deer and mice. Most people who get tick bites do not get Lyme disease. Not all ticks are infected, and the risk for contracting the disease increases the longer the tick is attached to the body.
Lyme disease is not a common infection. It is estimated that there are between 50 and 100 cases in Ireland each year.
The ticks that cause Lyme disease are commonly found in woodland and heathland areas.