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Old 11-06-2008, 11:20 AM   #1
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dog bites with lyme disease

Can a dog with Lyme disease transmit it to a person through a bite that breaks the skin?

 
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Re: dog bites with lyme disease

No, the only way to get Lyme disease is to be bitten by a tick. I assume the dog is being treated though.

 
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Re: dog bites with lyme disease

There is no evidence that a dog infected with Lyme can transmit the disease to a human. But a dog that has a lyme infection is a concern because animals can carry ticks and "drop" them in areas where people can "pick" them up.

Lyme disease can be transmitted to a human by a bite from an infected tick.

Lyme disease can be transmitted to an unborn child by a mother infected with the bacteria.

Lyme disease can live in stored blood (blood banks).

Because Lyme Disease is a relatively "newly" identified infectious disease, I think it's safe to say we don't know alot about it and nothing should be taken for granted. Although the Center for Disease Control says "there's no evidence" to support the transmission of a lyme disease by such and such, that's not to say it can't happen...they just don't have evidence that is has!

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Re: dog bites with lyme disease

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I assume the dog is being treated though.
I really hope so.

I believe rodents are the carriers that tick larvae and nymphs acquire Lyme from. Other animals, like humans, can get it and usually get very sick or can die.

 
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Re: dog bites with lyme disease

Mice, squirrels, cats, dogs, and birds are just some of the creatures(that we know of) that can carry/transport ticks.

 
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Re: dog bites with lyme disease

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..that can carry/transport ticks.
Maybe you misread? I said carry Lyme, not ticks. Lots of things can "carry" ticks, and many of those things are not alive/have blood.

 
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