Take These Simple Precautions to Avoid Lyme Disease During Tick Season

Tick season how to avoid Lyme disease
Tick season is here, and the little bloodsuckers have the potential to be a lot more than a nuisance, since they can carry potentially deadly diseases such as Lyme disease and Babesiosis. Even when these diseases aren’t fatal, they can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms that can require long-term treatment, and ultimately affect one’s quality of life. As the case with many diseases, an ounce the prevention it is worth much more than a pound of cure. Any costs that comes with helping to prevent getting Lyme disease or Babesiosis is well worth it, since the cost of contracting either of these diseases will far exceed the preventative costs.

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2 Responses to Take These Simple Precautions to Avoid Lyme Disease During Tick Season

  1. Yesterday early in the morning, we went to my mom’s friend. And when we went home I noticed that my leg was so itchy and when I checked my leg I saw a lot of red bumps, I immediately went to shower and put alcohol on it.

  2. Jeff Levy says:

    Most studies related to transmission of Lyme disease bacteria by tick bite were done in the 1980s, based solely on one bacterial species (Borrelia burgdorferi), and were done with mice. Since then, studies have shown that other Borrelia species may be transmitted to the host “earlier” than the stated 36 hours. One recent study involving humans demonstrates transmission of Borrelia to human hosts in 4-12 hours post-attachment. Additionally, while there are no studies that specify the time a tick must be attached for transmission of other microbial agents, it is known that Powassen virus, that can cause deadly encephalitis, is transmitted shortly (within 15 minutes) after the tick begins to bite. Public health officials should not minimize the risk of contracting Lyme disease or other tick-borne diseases from an attached tick, regardless of the time.

    The following are references to scientific studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals on this issue:

    Crippa, M., Rais, O., Gern, L. (2002) Investigations on the mode and dynamics of transmission and infectivity of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto and Borrelia afzelii in Ixodes ricinus ticks. Vector Borne Zoonotic Diseases 2(1): 3-9.

    Hynote, E.D., Mervine, P.C., Stricker, R.B. (2012) Clinical evidence for rapid transmission of Lyme disease following a tickbite. Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease 72(2): 188-192.

    Ebel, G.D., Kramer, L.D. (2004) Short report: duration of tick attachment required for transmission of powassan virus by deer ticks. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine. 71(3): 268-71.

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