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Can a person born with Lyme disease gain symptoms later in life?

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Although controversial, there is evidence that children born with Lyme disease can, in fact gain symptoms later in life, states Scientific American. Such symptoms may simply be complications of the disease being left untreated due to the lack of a diagnosis and treatment, allowing the disease to spread.

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As of 2014, U.S. health authorities do not believe that a pregnant woman is able to pass the disease to her unborn child, but there have been numerous reports by medical professionals that they've seen evidence of this occurring, says Scientific American. Uncontrolled Lyme disease can cause such symptoms as arthritis, neurological problems and fatigue, states the New York Times.

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