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How do you know if your particular bite represents a high risk case?

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First, Mather says it’s important to identify the species of tick.

Only two species of tick transmit Lyme disease, both from the genus Ixodes. east of the Rocky Mountains. The Western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) is found west of the Canada Goose Parka Rockies.

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buy canada goose jacket cheap If you’ve been bitten by something other than a blacklegged tick, you can stop worrying about Lyme. But Mather cautions that you may be at Canada Goose sale risk for other, less common infections, like Rocky Mountain spotted fever. buy canada goose jacket cheap

Even if a blacklegged tick bit you, there’s still a good chance you’re OK. That’s because only a fraction of blacklegged ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

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If you’ve been bitten by a blacklegged tick carrying Lyme you still might not get sick, says Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York.

cheap Canada Goose “The probability that it [Lyme disease] is transmitted to you. depends on the length of buy canada goose jacket feeding,” Ostfeld says. “It looks like something on the order of 24 hours is required before transmission occurs.” cheap Canada Goose

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Within a day of discovering the tick, Berndt submitted photographs and information about his case Canada Goose Outlet to Tick Encounter. Within 24 hours, a specialist informed Berndt that his case posed a high buy canada goose jacket cheap risk of Lyme disease.

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canada goose clearance Why was Berndt’s tick so risky? First, it was a blacklegged tick, a known carrier of uk canada goose outlet Lyme disease bacteria. Second, the tick was in southeast Pennsylvania, where relatively large proportions of ticks are infected (Mather estimates that the Lancaster area has a 20 25 percent infection rate). Finally, the tick had been feeding for Canada Goose Jackets three days, much longer than the transmission threshold of 24 hours. canada goose clearance

As a precaution, Berndt went to a doctor and started an antibiotic regimen. He also Canada Goose online paid a lab to have the tick tested.

Fortunately, the test came back negative for Lyme disease.

“I think the $50 [for the test] was worth it, just to be able to say ‘No, it definitely wasn’t carrying it,’ ” Berndt says.

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