Minimal Duration of Tick Attachment Sufficient for Transmission of Infectious Rickettsia rickettsii (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) by Its Primary Vector Dermacentor variabilis(Acari: Ixodidae): Duration of Rickettsial Reactivation in the Vector Revisited
For far too long authorities have told us that there’s something called a “grace period,” in which ticks supposedly delay transmitting pathogens to us and that a period of 24-48 hours is required before we can become infected.
There is only one study which they base that information upon, and there’s never been a study on the minimum time for transmission.
This study blows the “grace period” theory out of the water and proves what we all know to happen in reality. People can become infected in mere hours upon attachment. It also proves another point as well: that some ticks have the pathogens already in their salivary glands making transmission times even shorter.
How many have been sent home with a false sense of security after a doctor, going by information authorities have proliferated, told them they can’t be infected because the tick wasn’t attached for a long enough period of time? Thousands?
Please spread the word. There shouldn’t be any more patients falling through the cracks.
For more on transmission times: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/04/14/transmission-time-for-lymemsids-infection/
Microbiologist Holly Ahern on what’s currently wrong with diagnostics and treatment: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/12/06/ahern-flawed-lyme-policies-diagnostics-and-treatment/