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Brussels
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Serology negative patient let clean lab ticks bite him, then analyzed for Borrelia

In a reversal of the usual Lyme disease transmission from tick to person, a study led by Dr. Linden Hu at Tufts University ...

... suggests it’s possible that “clean” ticks got sick after feeding on people who complained of lingering symptoms of Lyme including fatigue and arthritis.


One or two of the ticks who fed on the study participants showed the presence of Lyme pathogens after being tested by polymerase chain reaction in the lab, Aucott said.


The study is currently in phase two, but Aucott said he could not comment since he is participating in the research.


If pathogen-free ticks pick up the disease after feeding on Lyme patients who complain of lingering symptoms, scientists consider it a good indication that the spiral-shaped bacteria that causes Lyme disease can survive in its human host even after being zapped for 21 to 28 days with antibiotics.


But until studies are complete, chronic Lyme patients and doctors who treat them say it’s cruel to deny patients the long-term antibiotics that many say improves their lives.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhPw58qbDxk

This is a 6 minute video of vaccine-pros (the same lymerix vaccine, yeah...), but dr. Ho is there, explaining about his tick-bite experiement.

Ho is trying to develop ways to find Bb in a patient who is seronegative.

The man got his 1 month dose of antibiotics... but still have lyme symptoms, so dr. Ho is showing how he puts nymphs on his arm and let them suck his blood to see if he finds Bb inside the sterile ticks later!

The result of the experiment is not there either.

I guess, it's still top secret, until his papers come out....

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Interesting concept!
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Wow - that's crazy... They always talk about deer & mice being vectors... They need to add humans to the list.
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I wonder how "easy" it is to find "clean" ticks?!

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They breed them in the lab, totally sterilized ticks.

They'll probably be sick after biting us!! [Smile]

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Here is an article I wrote about 6 years ago that was published in a local paper. Never expected them to accept it, but they did! HA!

Hu, the researcher in this study, who gave us a number of BAD Lyme studies in the past, called it xenodiagnosis.

I called it- "Take a Tick To Lunch, Literally..."

https://sites.google.com/site/marylandlyme/patient-stories/take-a-tick-to-lunch

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