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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can a tick spread lyme disease without the tick actually biting somewhere on your body?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Rheumatology 53 years experience
No: A tick must be attached and really engorged before it transmit disease.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can Lyme disease be spread through anything besides ticks?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
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.
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