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Lyme disease is present in South Carolina, though not as prevalent as in many other states in the country. The characteristics of South Carolina cases are similar to those of the nation as a whole. The tick vector of
Lyme disease in the Southeast is not clearly established, but is thought to be Ixodes scapularis. Questions remain concerning the prevalence of infection in local ticks with Borrelia burgdorferi, and the risk to a person bitten by a tick in South Carolina.