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can lyme disease be spread through anything besides ticks?

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Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
YES: About half of those with lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. There is strong evidence that borrelia burgdorferi, the lyme bacteria, can be spread by biting flies- see http://www.Nejm.Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejm199006143222415 many believe it can also be spread by mosquitoes, fleas & spiders, though this is unproven. Many feel it can be sexually transmitted & spread by moms to babies in utero.
Answered on May 7, 2016
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Lyme disease: Typically it is simply transmitted through the ixodes tick bite infected with the borrelia bacterium.
Answered on Mar 25, 2013
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Blood transfusion: You can get this spirochaete from transfer of blood by transfusion or shared needle use.
Answered on May 11, 2015

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