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Eleanor D. Hynote
, Phyllis C. Mervine
, Raphael B. Stricker
Received 31 August 2011; accepted 6 October 2011. published online 21 November 2011.
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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 more rapidly than animal models suggest. A diagnosis of Lyme disease should not be ruled out based on a short tick attachment time in a subject with clinical evidence of B. burgdorferi infection.

By Sara Ross, The Packet & Times

“If diagnosed (with Lyme dis-ease) right off the bat, it would have been two weeks of antibi-otics and everything would have been fine,” Raven said.

Instead, she faced two years of hell.

Shortly after the bite, the first symptom set in: fatigue.

“Before that I was a really, really active person. I walked the dog three times a day, played indoor soccer, mixed baseball,” Raven said. “I can’t do that any-more.”

Then the blackouts started.

“I could be walking from one room to the other and the next thing I know, I’m laying on the couch,” Raven said.

She couldn’t remember simple things and was unable to form full sentences.

She dry-heaved constantly

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frustration: Doctors refusing to diagnose Lyme disease, says Lee Ryder, people forced to seek treatment across border

Lexi Bainas, Citizen

Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Cowichan Valley resident Lee Ryder is calling on provincial health authorities to admit there is a significant Lyme disease problem on Vancouver Island.

Ryder, who is suffering from third-stage Lyme disease, has to go to the United States for treatment and said last week that the pain, the financial hardship and the sheer frustration that has come from years of butting his head against the wall are almost more than he can bear.

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Published on August 6th, 2008
Monique Chiasson

Truro resident being tested for Lyme disease

Another local man is getting tested for Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick.

Truro’s John Okell was recently bitten twice but did not notice the bites immediately.

“I didn’t feel it biting me … I haven’t been in really high vegetated areas … just around the neighbourhood and walking the dog,” said the Roosevelt Avenue resident.

“It must have been on me for a few days because it was itchy, painful and there was a bulls-eye mark” just above his waist.