One in every four children on the autism spectrum tests positive for Lyme infection. It is the fastest growing vector-born infection with 3,000,000 new cases per year, and this number is said to likely be an underestimate. Symptoms can overlap and the Lyme commonly gets missed or mis-diagnosed.

Lyme infection is usually caused by a tick bite which releases the bacteria from its saliva. We now know that other insects may carry the disease such as some spiders, biting flies, and mosquitoes. Lyme disease can also be transmitted during sexual contact, through breast milk, and in utero via the placenta. Maternal blood often has no evidence of spirochetes, but the baby may have them, often in the liver. In babies, it is common to have brain, nerve, spinal cord, and heart problems.

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