Duration of tick attachment as a predictor of the risk of Lyme disease in an area in which Lyme disease is endemic.

@article{Sood1997DurationOT,
  title={Duration of tick attachment as a predictor of the risk of Lyme disease in an area in which Lyme disease is endemic.},
  author={Sunil K. Sood and Mark B Salzman and Barbara J. B. Johnson and C. M. Happ and K Feig and Lillian Carmody and Lorry G. Rubin and Eileen Hilton and Joseph F. Piesman},
  journal={The Journal of infectious diseases},
  year={1997},
  volume={175 4},
  pages={996-9}
}
Animal studies have shown an exponential increase in the risk of Borrelia burgdorferi infection after 48-72 h of deer tick attachment. Persons with tick bites were prospectively studied to determine if those with prolonged tick attachment constitute a high-risk group for infection. Ticks were identified, measured for engorgement, and assayed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for B. burgdorferi DNA. Duration of attachment was determined from the scutal index of engorgement. Of 316 submissions… CONTINUE READING
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