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Vermont Resident Dies of Rare Lyme Disease Complications

Health Commissioner Mark Levine says the rare condition happens when bacteria that cause Lyme disease gets into the tissues of the heart

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    Vermont Resident Dies of Rare Lyme Disease Complications
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    390650 01: A Close Up Of An Adult Female, An Adult Male, Nymph And Larva Tick Is Shown June 15, 2001. Ticks Cause An Acute Inflammatory Disease Characterized By Skin Changes, Joint Inflammation, And Flu-Like Symptoms Called Lyme Disease. (Photo By Getty Images)

    The Vermont Health Department says tests have confirmed that a resident has died of a rare complication of Lyme disease.

    The state says it's the first reported death from Lyme carditis in Vermont.

    Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine says while Lyme disease is increasingly common in Vermont, Lyme carditis is very rare. He says about 1 percent of all Lyme disease cases reported nationally to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experience Lyme carditis.

    Levine says the rare condition happens when bacteria that cause Lyme disease gets into the tissues of the heart, where it can interfere with the movement of electrical signals between the heart's chambers.

    Levine says while tick-borne diseases can cause serious illness, Lyme disease, including Lyme carditis, is treatable.

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