At Bay Area Lyme Foundation, we are committed to making Lyme disease
easy to diagnose and simple to cure.

What’s New

New Pathogen Discovered by Researchers Who Discovered Lyme‚ But Was Not Reported

Courtesy Ron Lindorf/Burgdorfer Archives

A recent article in STAT News reports that the bacteria Rickettsia helvetica was identified in patients in the 1970s in Old Lyme, Connecticut. This finding was not reported in studies published at that time. Rickettsia helvetica is in the same family as the bacteria that cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever.  Prior to the Stat News story, it was previously unknown that Rickettsia helvetica could be found in ticks, wildlife, or humans in the United States. Learn more about Rickettsia helvetica or read our recent press release.

Bay Area Lyme Fall Newsletter

Bay Area Lyme Fall NewsletterRead out our Fall Newsletter and keep up to date on new developments in Lyme research and clinical treatment of Lyme disease. In this issue, you’ll find information about:

  • “Lyme Innovation” Hackathon
  • CRISPR Technology for Lyme treatment
  • The “Swiss Agent” pathogen
  • Speaker Series in Marin 11/4
  • Increase in annual Emerging Leader Award grant
  • Photos from Polo for Lyme 2016

Our Approach

Funding for
Lyme Projects

Leveraging innovative technologies from other fields of medicine to fuel new breakthroughs in Lyme and tick ecology, diagnostics, and treatments

Screening &

Ensuring that dollars granted go to the projects with the greatest potential impact and results deliver on promises


Thanks to the generous support of a private donor, 100% of funds raised go directly to research and prevention programs

& Scale

Providing tools and resources to help connect the innovators in the field and speed solutions to market


Ensuring accurate and reliable information is available to the public through digital, print, and social media, and community programs. Learn more.

Lyme Disease

Why Lyme?

Reported Cases of Lyme Disease


There are over 329,000 new cases of Lyme disease in the US every year and it has been reported in 49 of 50 states and 65 countries worldwide.  It is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the US.

Learn more about this infectious disease

What You Need to Know

Knowing how to protect yourself and your family is key to enjoying the outdoors.

Find Out About Prevention

Act Now

We need your help.  Find out how you can be part of the cure for Lyme disease.

Get Involved

Lyme Disease Stories

Lyme disease can affect anyone.  Learn from these survivor stories or share yours.

Meet the Many Faces of Lyme