The Myth of the Deer Tick and How You Get Lyme Disease

The Myth of the Deer Tick and How You Get Lyme Disease

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Lyme disease is passed to humans by the bite of black-legged ticks (also known as deer ticks in the eastern United States) and western black-legged ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.

However, that is just not true.

According to Lyme Memorial.org and others the following “vectors” or insects (primarily ticks) carry Borreliosis burgdoerferi, and of course we know that there are many hundreds of types of Borrelia that can be incredibly virulent and continue to morph with each immune system it comes in contact with.

Check out this list:

Tick Vectors: Pathogens found in the United States:

  • Amblyomma americanum- Lone Star tick
  • Amblyomma auricularium
  • Amblyomma cajennense- Cayenne tick
  • Amblyomma dissimile- Iguana tick
  • Amblyomma elaphense
  • Amblyomma imitator- Imitator tick
  • Amblyomma inornatum- Ixodid tick
  • Amblyomma maculatum- Gulf Coast tick
  • Amblyomma rotundatum
  • Amblyomma tuberculatum- Gophertortoise tick
  • Amblyomma ovale
  • Aponomma trimaculatum
  • Argasidae brevipes- Short legged Bird tick
  • Argasidae cooleyi
  • Argasidae giganteus
  • Argasidae miniatus
  • Argasidae monolakensis- Bird tick
  • Argasidae persicus- Poultry tick
  • Argasidae radiatus- Common Fowl tick
  • Argasidae ricei
  • Argasidae sanchezi- Adobe tick or Fowl tick
  • Argasidae Carios brodyi
  • Argasidae Carios capensis- Seabird tick
  • Argasidae Carios concanensis
  • Argasidae Carios coprophilus
  • Argasidae Carios denmarki
  • Argasidae Carios dyeri
  • Argasidae Carios hasei
  • Argasidae Carios kelleyi (formerly Ornithodoros kelleyi)- Bat tick
  • Argasidae Carios mexicanus
  • Argasidae Carios rossi
  • Argasidae Carios stageri
  • Argasidae Carios talaje (formerly Ornithodorostalaje)
  • Argasidae Carios yumatensis
  • Argasidae Ornithodoros coriaceus- Pajahuello tick
  • Argasidae Ornithodoros dugesi
  • Argasidae Ornithodoros eremicus
  • Argasidae Ornithodoroshermsi- Relapsing Fevertick
  • Argasidae Ornithodoros parkeri- Cooley tick
  • Argasidae Ornithodoros puertoricensis
  • Argasidae Ornithodoros turicata- Relapsing Fever tick
  • Argasidae Otobius lagophilus
  • Argasidae Otobius megnini- Spinose ear tick
  • Argasidae Otobius sparnus
  • Haemaphysalis chordeilis- Bird tick
  • Haemaphysalis leporispalustris- Rabbit tick
  • Ixodes affinis
  • Ixodes angustus
  • Ixodes auritulus- Bird tick
  • Ixodes baergi
  • Ixodes banksi
  • Ixodes brunneus- Bird tick
  • Ixodes conepati
  • Ixodes cookei- Groundhog tick or Woodchuck tick
  • Ixodes dentatus- Eastern Rabbit tick
  • Ixodes eadsi
  • Ixodes eastoni
  • Ixodes hearlei
  • Ixodes gregsoni
  • Ixodes howelli
  • Ixodes jellisoni
  • Ixodes kingi- Rotund tick
  • Ixodes laysanensis
  • Ixodes marmotae
  • Ixodes marxi- Squirrel tick
  • Ixodes minor
  • Ixodes muris- Mouse tick
  • Ixodes neotomae
  • Ixodes ochotonae
  • Ixodes pacificus- Western Black-legged tick
  • Ixodes peromysci
  • Ixodes rugosus
  • Ixodes scapularis (formerly Ixodes dammini)- Black-legged tick, Deer tick or Bear tick
  • Ixodes sculptus
  • Ixodes signatus
  • Ixodes soricis
  • Ixodes spinipalpis
  • Ixodes texanus- Raccoon tick
  • Ixodes tovari
  • Ixodes uriae
  • Ixodes woodi- Woodrat tick
  • Ixodes Dermacentor albipictus- Winter tick, Moose tick or Elk tick
  • Ixodes Dermacentor andersoni- Rocky Mountain Wood tick
  • Ixodes Dermacentor halli
  • Ixodes Dermacentor hunteri
  • Ixodes Dermacentor nigrolineatus
  • Ixodes Dermacentor nitens- Tropical Horse tick
  • Ixodes Dermacentor occidentalis- Pacific Coast tick
  • Ixodes Dermacentorparumapertus- Rabbit tick
  • Ixodes Dermacentor variabilis- American Dog tick, Eastern Wood tick or Wood tick
  • Rhipicephalus Boophilus annulatus- Cattle Fever tick
  • Rhipicephalus Boophilus microplus- Southern Cattle Fever tick
  • Rhipicephalus appendiculatu
  • Rhipicephalus sanguineus- Brown Dog tick or Red Dog tick

That is quite a long list of ticks, and it doesn’t include biting insects that could spread the disease such as biting flies, fleas and mosquitoes – all very controversial due to the stated fact that a tick must be attached for 48 hours in order for a person to contract Lyme.

I find that hard to believe when my own vet had a syringe flicked off a dog that had Lyme disease, and the syringe landed in his arm. Two weeks later he had a bulls-eye rash in that exact location with all Lyme symptoms as well. The needle was in his arm for less than 5 seconds!

With spring here, be extra careful and cover yourself in strong tick repellent when you are going outdoors for any reason. Better safe than sorry!

Try “Sawyer’s Premium Permethrin Spay” to keep ticks and other biting insects away from your clothing. Also try “Sawyer’s Time-Released Insect Repellent Lotion” that lasts longer and is safe for the whole family.

 

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