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May mosquitoes carry Lyme disease?

May mosquitoes carry Lyme disease?

No: Lime disease is caused by a bacteria that is spread by infected ticks. That tick must attach and feed on a person long enough that the germ is passed thru the bite. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi that results in symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin ...Read more


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Do all ticks carry borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease?

No: The total population of ticks in any grassy, wodded area could be in the millions. Several published studies on tick populations have shown 25-30% of the ticks were carrying lyme in an endemic area (an area where lyme disease is present). ...Read more

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Can lone star ticks carry Lyme disease?

Can lone star ticks carry Lyme disease?

Yes: And make U sick: Not only do lone star ticks transmit lyme disease, they do so faster than other ticks, according to stuff that I have read. I learned that ticks usually must be attached for at least 24 hours before there is risk of getting lyme, but not so for the lone star tick...In less than 24 hours of attachment you could get iinfected. The white spot on the tick is easy to see, so get to your md quickly. ...Read more

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Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...Read more

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Which are the ticks that carry Lyme disease?

Deer ticks & maybe..: The most common carriers of borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes lyme disease, are deer ticks (ixodes scapularis) and their cousin ixodes pacificus (western black-legged tick). There is evidence lone star ticks may transmit it. Other ixodes species may carry it too, as may dog ticks and rocky mountain wood ticks. See http://www.Canlyme.Com/ticks.Html for more info on this. ...Read more

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Lyme disease from chigger bites, related?

Lyme disease from chigger bites, related?

Chiggers in North: America are not disease vectors to humans. ...Read more

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Do fleas cause Lyme disease?

Spirochete in fleas: The organism (borellia sp.) that causes lyme disease has been found in fleas and mosquitos but has not yet been found to contribute to transmission of lyme disease in humans this way. ...Read more

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Can mosquitoes transmit aids like malaria ?

Can mosquitoes transmit aids like   malaria ?

Unlikely: Hiv is a blood-borne and mucosal membrane transmitted disease, but the transmission by mosquitoes is very unlikely since HIV infection requires very high quantities of the infection to truly get someone infected. This is a remote possibility, but i would think it almost impossible. ...Read more

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Can tick borne illnesses(i.E.Lyme disease etc) cause disability?

Depends: Tick bite cancan be mild but if nevous system invoved might be lingering process sometime long term tetracck=line is needed and good diet and supportivetreatment can give real good recvery. ...Read more

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What insect may carry and transmit encephalitis?

What insect may carry and transmit encephalitis?

Many: Encephalitis is a disease of the brain cells that is usually caused by a virus or other agent that gets into the brain cells from the blood stream. They are put into your blood by an agent that injects them into you through a bite. Fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting bugs can do this. They bite an infected person or animal and suck the agent from their blood and then inject it into you. ...Read more

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What are common tick bite and Lyme disease risk/symptoms?

Rash, flu symptom: There are a number of tick borne illnesses. To get lyme disease you would first have to be bitten by an infected tick in an area of the country with lyme disease. The early symptoms are a rash and sometimes fever, headache cold or flu like symptoms. This can be followed by other rashes, neurologic symptoms, joint swelling , joint pain, and cardiac ( heart) symptoms. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease be spread through anything besides ticks?

Can Lyme disease be spread through anything besides ticks?

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. ...Read more

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Will Lyme disease or ehrlichiosis effect the liver?

Will Lyme disease or ehrlichiosis effect the liver?

YES!: Lyme disease can affect every organ of the body. 66% of patients with early disseminated lyme disease have elevated liver enzymes (see http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8675158). Even more patients infected with ehrlichiosis (80%) have elevated liver enzymes and it can even rarely cause liver failure- see http://cid.Oxfordjournals.Org/content/34/9/1206.Long. ...Read more

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How likely is a tick to carry Lyme disease?

How likely is a tick to carry Lyme disease?

Depends...: On the kind of tick, the area where you are when fed upon and how long the tick has fed upon you. ...Read more

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Can a tick bite cause lupus disease?

Can a tick bite cause lupus disease?

Tick Bite: In north america, the following diseases are caused by tick bites: lyme disease, human granulocytic and monocytic, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, relapsing fever, rocky mountain spotted fever, colorado tick fever, tularemia, q fever, tick paralysis, but not lupus. ...Read more

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Can you get lymes disease from flea bites?

Can you get lymes disease from flea bites?

No: Fleas can carry tapeworms ; murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. ...Read more

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I would like help with diagnosis of possible african tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

I would like help with diagnosis of possible african tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

Tick bite: If you have the tick, it can be sent to a lab to test for any disease it might carry. If not just monitor for 20-30 days for any flu-like symptoms or rash at the site where you found the tick. If test is positive or you have symptoms or rash, you should be treated. ...Read more

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Can the anopheles mosquito cause any other disease except malaria?

Can the anopheles mosquito cause any other disease except malaria?

Yes it does: The anopheles mosquitoes have been around for 150 million years and now have about 460 species. Beside malaria, some species can also carry filarial worms, various arboviruses, onyong-nyong, tataguine, equine encephalitis, canine heartworm- dirofilaria immitis, as well as other viruses. ...Read more

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How can I diagnose a possible African tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

How can I diagnose a possible African tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

Blood tests: Very specific blood tests are available to determine the presence of tick transmitted infections. Since results can take some time to be finalized, early testing is highly recommended. ...Read more

Culicidae (Definition)

Culicidae is the latin name for the family of flies to ...Read more