The history of Lyme Disease begins with the first case in 1883 in Germany. The first case to appear in the United States was in 1976. This disease was first named Lyme Arthritis by a U.S. physician who misdiagnosed the disease in 1977. Lyme disease is an illness that is spread by ticks. If you are out and about in tall grass or perhaps hunting in the woods, you could get Lyme Disease. Some of the symptoms are chills and fever. You might even develop a rash. Deer are notorious for having ticks on them which spread the disease. While you are out hunting the ticks can attach themselves to your body.