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Does anybody know if a tick has to be latched on to transmit lyme disease?
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Default Does anybody know if a tick has to be latched on to transmit lyme disease? - 08-07-2009, 12:41 AM

I was feeding the horses and a tick was biting me. I didn't know what it was until I came in the house 10 Min's. later and pulled it off. It was not latched, just biting me. Does it have to be latched on for a period of time to transmit the disease?
   
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Default 08-09-2009, 12:41 AM

It's the bite they'll do it. Keep on the look out for signs.
   
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Default 08-10-2009, 12:41 AM

Nope. Just biting you or for the people who squished them it releases any diseases they might be carrying causing it to become airborne instead. Talk to a doctor about any symptoms or testing.
   
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Default 08-13-2009, 12:41 AM

This taken from the American Lyme Disease Foundation: http://www.aldf.com/lyme.shtml

Generally, if you discover a deer tick attached to your skin that has not yet become engorged, it has not been there long enough to transmit the LD spirochete. Nevertheless, it is advisable to be alert in case any symptoms do appear; a red rash (especially surrounding the tick bite), flu-like symptoms, or joint pains in the first month following any deer tick bite could signal the onset of LD.
   
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Default 08-15-2009, 12:41 AM

You should be fine CZ they have to be attached and biting for at least a day for anything to be transmitted.
   
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Default 08-19-2009, 12:41 AM

It takes about 24 hours for the tick to transmit Lyme disease. However, this can vary. Don't forget, not all ticks transmit Lyme disease. Deer ticks are the most common culprits. Keep an eye out for the tell-tale "bulls eye" around the site of the bite.
   
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