Lyme disease question
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Tue, 27 Jul 1993 19:15:00 MST
According to an article in the July 26th u.S. News and World Report:
"... studies show that infection is unlikely within the first 36 hours.
Prompt removal of the tick, by gripping it at its mouth with fine tweezers,
usually thwarts infection. (Squeezing the abdomen may actually inject the
bacteria.) Saving the tick in a jar can help with diagnosis."
In another spot in the same article it says: "prompt extraction of a tick
is almost certain to stave off infection, since the slow feeders take as
long as two days to transmit the bacteria thought to cause Lyme disease.
Indeed, one scientific team, writing in the New England Journal of Medicine
last December, found that only 2 of 173 untreated patients bitten by a tick
in Connecticut went on to develop symptoms-which quickly cleared up with
The artical was bent on showing that most people are bent out of proportion
when it came to Lyme disease. (The risk is not as great as the publicity
Lyme is getting.) For most areas of the country the risk is
very minimal (it does not even exist here in Arizona). It did however
point to the danger zones and guess what, A.P. Hill is in one of them! An
area describe as 50 miles wide up the East Coast!
Big risk or not, if you get Lyme and it is not discovered, you could be in
for big problems.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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