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Old 03-05-2005, 03:14 PM   #1
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Question Can you get infected more than once?


I was just wondering, is it possible to be infected more than one time through tick bites occuring at different times? Or else by different strains of Lyme (from what I read there are over 200 identified so far)?

I have been exposed to so many tick-infested places and been so cavalier about it, since I hadn't really given Lyme much thought until recently. I had been told is was "rare"(!)

I am just wondering if one could be infected, and then get infected a second time.

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Old 03-05-2005, 04:28 PM   #2
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Re: Can you get infected more than once?

hi luthien t
welcome aboard.
yes reinfections are with every exposier. different insects can have different strains. different insects can feed off of different animals and or birds that migrate to and from who knows where. unlimited possabilits and no imunity ever.
sorry so bleek, but true.

Old 03-05-2005, 05:01 PM   #3
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Re: Can you get infected more than once?

Hi Luthien, welcome to the board!

Yes it is possible to be infected more than once. Every tick bite can transmit any combination of Lyme disease and/or any number of the co-infections (Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma).

Lyme disease is the second fastest growing infectious disease in the US after AIDS. It is in every state. Definitely not rare.

Are you having symptoms?

Old 03-05-2005, 07:59 PM   #4
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Re: Can you get infected more than once?

RARE my behind!!! SOrry but we heard the same thing so much. NOT!!! Welcome. What are your symptoms that you are considering Lyme?

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