Lyme Disease can be contracted several ways, not just the bite from a deer tick. Mosquitoes, fleas, lice, spiders and mites, have been researched and found to carry the infection as well. Some leading experts believe Lyme Disease can be sexually transmitted, and it can be passed from mother to child through the placenta, and even through breast milk. It can also be passed through blood transfusions.
In southern states, but spreading elsewhere, there is the Lone Star tick, which can cause symptoms outside of typical Lyme symptoms, such as a sudden allergy to red meat or milk. Lyme Disease and its co-infections can be contracted in all 50 states, with Pennsylvania and New York being the most heavily populated with infected people. Nobody is immune. A tick carrying the infection(s) can be as small as the period at the end of a sentence. See why it is so hard to know if, or when you have been bitten? Not to mention the fact that ticks numb you before biting. If you had a bite, and a bullseye rash but a doctor tells you that your test was negative for Lyme….NO..wrong…run. The rash itself is proof of the disease. The ELISA test that are run at most primary doctors offices, or even the Western Blot, are wrong over 50% of the time. I’ll explain more in my post about getting tested.