Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. It is spread by certain species of ticks. Not all ticks are carriers, and not all areas have ticks carrying the bacteria.
If you are a parent or caregiver, your child’s risk is greater than yours. That’s because children are closer to the ground, more likely to spend time outdoors, more likely to play in leaves and roll in grass, and often closer to pets that carry ticks.