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Lyme Disease

I grew up in Maine and have hunted for about 20 years. Although Lyme disease was known, it wasn't considered a major issue until recently, and I get the feeling it still isn't too big a deal in certain areas of the state. I now live in Connecticut and plan to deer hunt for the first time in the state this upcoming season... forgive a stupid question if it actually is stupid, but if someone harvests a deer in Connecticut with numerous ticks, particularly lyme bearing ticks, can that in some way shape or form be contracted to humans if eaten. And I usually eat my meat quite rare so it just popped in my head not long ago so I figured I'd throw it out there to fellow hunters who may know. Thanks for your response. Chris

Location: MAINE
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Lyme Disease

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As a heathcare professional I have had many patients ask me that very same question. I'll keep the answer as simple as possible. The answer is NO, Lymes disease can not be transmitted as a blood borne pathogen, or from blood to blood contact or consuming the blood of an infected animal. The lymes bateria can only be transmitted by a tick bite, at which time a tick will unknowingly inject its own saliva into the blood stream of its victim. At the same time, the tick also injects what are called receptor cells(which are also believed to be part of the topical anestetic ticks produce to numb your skin before they even bite. Thats why you never feel a tick bite.) Those receptor cells are required for the lymes bateria to mainifest within your blood stream and eventually infect the body. Without the injection of the bacteria and receptor cellsTOGETHER from a tick, lymes bateria can not manifest and take hold within the body. It is eventually filtered out by the liver and pass out of the body as if nothing ever happened. Which is why you can not contract Lymes disease from consuming meat of Deer, Moose, Rabbit, Squirrel or any other animal where the deer tick may feast. The meat does not carry the required receptor cells that allow the lymes bateria to manifest. Also as a note, it is the same reason that you can not contract lymes from pests such as mosquitos, gnats, fleas, flies or lice, all of which feed on blood.

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Also....

Max-

There is a product called No Stinkin' Ticks thats made by the same guys that make Scent Shield secnt controll products. It works VERY well for repelling ticks and comes in a couple of scents that are geared towards hunters. Its been my experience that it does not spook deer like other insect repellants can.

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Location: Connecticut
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Lyme Disease

.50... wow.. thanks for taking the time for the in depth reply. Good news and very informative. Interesting actually. Thanks very much. And I'll look into the tick repellent. I rarely if ever use insect repellents but sometimes at the beginning of bow season I just can't deal with the mosquitos so I'll throw something on, but have never really used a tick repellent.

Location: MAINE
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Lyme Disease

Glad I could help. I know that CT and NJ have some of the highest Lymes infection rates in the country, even much higher than Maine. Unfortunately, there is still very little known about Lymes disease and it can even be very hard to detect in humans using conventional testing methods. The best thing you can do is protect yourself while in the woods and if you do harvest an animal inspect yourself closely after cleaning and processing it. Its a good excuse to have your wife, Girlfriend or any other female you find attractive inspect you from head to toe. Thumbs up

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Tick danger!

Watch out for the little buggers. Nearly lost my mom to a tick bite last week - end result is bacterial menengitis from a bacteria transmitted by ticks. She couldn't keep anything down for 6 days - not even liquid. Without an IV she'd be dead. The bacterial infection is under control with doxycycline but she has a long road ahead because of the damage done to her brain and surrounding tissues from the swelling. Not only is there Lyme disease, and Ehrlichiosis, but a new report out shows that in NYS the ticks are also now carrying the encephilitus virus. Scary Scary stuff. Be careful out there! Take every tick bite seriously, it could be the one that kills you if left untreated.

This too:

http://healthland.time.com/2013/07/19/theres-a-new-disease-spread-by-tic...

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Location: shapleigh maine
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permethrin

Thanks 50 cal, that's a heap of good info.

Been using this stuff (permathrin active ingredient) the last few years after a scare in 2011

http://www.rei.com/product/768970/sawyer-permethrin-pump-spray-24-oz

seems to work well.

Mike, glad to hear your mother is fighting her way back. Scary stuff indeed.

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