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OTRC: Debbi Morgan of 'All My Children' has Lyme disease

Debbi Morgan appears in a 2010 promotional photo for the ABC soap opera 'All My Children.'

Debbi Morgan, who plays Angie Hubbard on the ABC soap opera "All My Children," is battling Lyme disease.

The 54-year-old actress said recently on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," a syndicated radio program, that she had taken a leave of absence from the series due to her ailment.

Morgan, an Emmy winner, joined "All My Children" in 1982, left in 1991 and rejoined the cast in 2008. Her last appearance was on an episode that aired on December 27. ABC said the actress will return to the soap opera in the first week of March.

"I had to take a leave of absence because I was diagnosed with Lyme disease," Morgan said on the radio show. "It's nothing fatal. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the Borrelia bacteria from a tick. It's a chronic condition, and I've had it in my system for over 15 years."

She added that she may have contracted the disease from ticks her two pit bulls may have carried. An infected tick can spread lyme disease to both dogs and humans. Symptoms of the ailment include fever, fatigue and a rash. Infections can be combated with antibiotics but can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system if it is left untreated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Morgan also played District Attorney Jennifer Tartaro on the CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" from 2006 to 2007 Dr. Ellen Burgess on the ABC daytime series "General Hospital. Morgan portrayed the Seer on the fantasy drama series "Charmed" between 2002 and 2003 and also had appearances on the shows "Soul Food" and "The Practice."

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