Some people will worry if Lyme disease is contagious through contact with infected pets. Whilst pets can contract Lyme disease they cannot directly transmit the infection to humans. The symptoms of Lyme disease in animals are very similar to Lyme disease symptoms in humans and it may be that noticing those effects in a pet prompt a reassessment of one’s own symptoms previously dismissed or not connected to a single pathology. What may happen is that a dog is bitten by an infected tick and the tick is brought into the home on the dog’s fur whereupon it is knocked off onto a sofa, bed, or other surface and it goes on to bite one of the human inhabitants of the house. Using preventative products for your pets will not only reduce their risk of contracting Lyme disease, it will also lower the risk of infected ticks being brought home by the animals.
Hunters and Lyme Disease
One way in which Lyme disease may be contracted is when spending time hunting and then skinning animals such as deer or squirrels. Eating such animals presents no risk of contracting Lyme disease, although food safety principles recommend thorough cooking of any animal flesh prior to consumption. The risk comes instead from being in contact with the ticks that reside on such wild animals especially as these infected ticks will likely be looking for a new host after their current one has been killed.
Transmission of Lyme disease is not thought to occur through the bites of mosquitoes, fleas, lice, or certain types of tick such as the Lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum), the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), the Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni), and the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus). Neither is infection thought likely from a bite from an infected animal although other disease, such as Rabies, may be contracted in this way and require urgent treatment. So, is Lyme disease contagious? Not according to official guidelines, but future research into pregnancy outcomes may shed further light on the matter.
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