Baton Rouge Clinic Health Library
Published: 06, 2000
Lyme Disease is an illness caused by a bacteria transmitted to humans through the bite of a tick. Not all ticks can transmit this bacteria. The main source of transmission is the deer tick - a small pinhead sized tick found normally in the northeastern United States. This fact is important in answering your questions.
If you find large ticks on your body it is unlikely to be the type of tick which transmits Lyme Disease. Also, if you hunt or spend time in the woods here in south Louisiana, your risk of catching Lyme Disease has been called Aminimal to none@ by the Center for Disease Control. As you move into the northeastern United States the risk becomes higher - but throughout the south there are no areas of high or ever moderate risk for Lyme Disease.
You are correct, there is a new vaccine called Lymerix7 available for prevention of Lyme Disease. It involves three shots spaced over 12 months and is only recommended for those who reside, work or recreate in areas of high or moderate risk. If after reading this you still think you may be at risk, you should see your doctor to discuss your concerns further. Good luck.
Michael L. Rolfsen, MD, FACP
Specializing in Internal Medicine
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