Approx 1 hour: Published on Jun 6, 2016
Dr. David Baewer, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of Coppe Laboratories, Waukesha, WI presents information about the relation of arboviruses to MSIDS (multi systemic infectious disease syndrome – or Lyme with friends) to the Madison Area Lyme Support Group
While there is no “standard” treatment for most viruses, please know there is much you can do to make your body a tough target: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/03/28/combating-viruses/
Coppe is collecting ticks for their research. If you are interested in being a part of some excellent research, put your tick(s) in a baggie in the freezer and contact them at:
W229 N1870 Westwood Dr.
Waukesha, WI 53186
They will send you what you need to get them to the lab alive.
Coppe is a CLIA-certified lab that is the only lab besides the CDC who tests for Powassan Virus. They also provide advanced testing for leukotropic herpesviruses: EBV, CMV, HHV-6A and HHV-6B, as well as tick-borne pathogens, and their tests distinguish between latent and active infections. Their Lyme panel uses recombinant VlsE and OspC antigens to increase sensitivity as well as tests multiple strains of borrelia, the European species B. garinii, B. afzelii, and B. miyamotoi. Testing recommended 4-6 weeks after initial tick bite.
For those of you who are new to this, please do not wait 4-6 weeks to be seen by a doctor if you are bitten by a tick. Time is of the essence with MSIDS. The longer you wait, the deeper the pathogens travel making treatment infinitely more difficult. You have a few options – see your regular practitioner if you are certain they will treat you immediately. Chances are very high you can nip this in the bud with doxycycline; however, the fear is if you have remaining symptoms. Some practitioners will allow you a second round of doxy which may do the trick. If not, and you have symptoms, do not mess around. Get to an LLMD (Lyme Literate Doctor – someone trained by ILADS) immediately. Remember, Lyme (borrelia) rarely travels alone. https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/02/13/lyme-disease-treatment/
Also, be careful about feeling “safe” if a tick has not been attached for 24-48 hours. This video, created by Lyme Action Network shows that transmission times have never been experimentally determined with humans. All the transmission times have been determined using animal studies and transmission has occurred in under 16 hours. They have no idea of the transmission times of the various co-infections; however, they estimate it only takes 15 minutes for transmission of Powassan Virus.
Also worth noting: I believe strongly it’s just a matter of time before science conclusively shows Lyme (borrelia) and various coinfections to be STD’s as well as passed congenitally and via breast milk:
Borrelia found in semen and vaginal secretions – with couples having the identical strain: Presented at the Western Regional Meeting of the American Federation for Medical Research, Carmel, CA, January 25, 2014. http://afmr.org/Western/.