New Tick Safety Strategies Required for Euro Lyme

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 21 September 2018


New Tick Safety Strategies Required for Euro Lyme

Lyme disease: A study on the speed of transmission by infected ticks,
Institut Pasteur, September 21, 2018.


"...evidence of rapid bacterial transmission following a bite, with infection occurring within 24 hours of an adult tick bite and sometimes even sooner for nymph bites. This is a timely reminder of the importance of removing ticks as soon as possible after being bitten to prevent infection."

"Ticks have three lifecycle stages that can bite humans – larva, nymph and adult –, but bacteria are usually transmitted through bites from nymphs, which are higher in density and often go unnoticed because of their small size."

Standard 24 Hr Incubation
"The amount of time a tick must remain attached to transmit bacteria to the vertebrate host is an essential parameter in assessing the risk of transmission and identifying measures to prevent infection. It is generally accepted that the longer a tick remains attached, the higher the risk of transmission. In Europe, it is regularly stated that there is a real risk of transmission only after 24 hours of attachment."

12 Hour Euro Infection Variant
"Unlike the American strains, all the European species of B. burgdorferi that we studied were detected in the salivary glands of adult ticks before a blood meal, suggesting the possibility of rapid transmission of the bacteria following a bite. The results were consistent with this theory: infection occurred within 24 hours of a bite from an adult tick. Moreover, our analysis shows that nymphs infected by European species of B. burgdorferi are capable of transmitting these pathogens within 12 hours of attachment. Our study proves that B. burgdorferi can be transmitted more quickly than stated in the literature. It is therefore vital to remove ticks as soon as possible after being bitten to prevent infection."



All Tick-borne diseases are dormat in the tick upon biting. According to the information I've been working off of the last thirty years, it takes from 24 to 48 hours for the various pathogens to, "come to life," to become active upon contact with the warmth and nutrition of the host's blood.

That's here in the forests and fields of the Western US.

Thus it is vitally important that tick inspection be constant, and all ticks found and removed ASAP.

Folks hiking through temperate forests and wet grasslands typically full of ticks should have a tick plan and program in place and operating, to keep ticks from having the time to find a place and dig-in, let alone inflate themselves on our blood, and feed long enough to activate their pathogens.

A good tick plan and program will eliminate that evolution. Unless you are in Europe. Then you need to intensify the program, to account for the quicker pace of Euro-incubation.


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