Clinical evidence for rapid transmission of Lyme disease following a tickbite.

  title={Clinical evidence for rapid transmission of Lyme disease following a tickbite.},
  author={Eleanor D Hynote and Phyllis C Mervine and Raphael B Stricker},
  journal={Diagnostic microbiology and infectious disease},
  volume={72 2},
Lyme disease transmission to humans by Ixodes ticks is thought to require at least 36-48 h of tick attachment. We describe 3 cases in which transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochetal agent of Lyme disease, appears to have occurred in less than 24 h based on the degree of tick engorgement, clinical signs of acute infection, and immunologic evidence of acute Lyme disease. Health care providers and individuals exposed to ticks should be aware that transmission of Lyme disease may occur… CONTINUE READING
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