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3 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Lyme Bacterium

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Now, would you do the same thing for a complete stranger, permanently, or at least with no foreseeable indication that they’d ever want to leave — but before you answer this question, they’ve already set themselves up on not just your couch, but have started eating your food, used your loofah, and have somehow managed to fill up the kitchen garbage, all without saying a single word to you.

​Of course not! So then why do we somehow grant this exception to the Lyme bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi?

​We’re going to go out on a limb here and say it’s just a matter of poor communication. So to help bridge this gap of understanding, we’ve come up with 3 interesting facts about the Lyme bacterium that you didn’t know.

​Fact 1. The Lyme Bacterium Can Be Transmitted From A Tick In Less Than 10 Minutes

When a tick lands on its host, it prepares to secure its attachment before feeding. The tick saws into the skin, inserts a harpoon to lock itself in place, and then releases a mixture from its salivary glands designed to suppress the host’s immune response and keep the blood flowing for a good feeding. All of this takes less than 10 minutes.

​Now, Lyme bacteria tend to reside in the gut of a tick, where it can remain through different life stages. However, some Lyme bacteria penetrate the tick’s gut wall and spread to other areas of the tick, such as the salivary glands.

So when a tick releases the mixture from its salivary glands into the host during its less than 10 minute preparatory phase, it could also be injecting Lyme bacteria into the host before the tick takes in a single drop of blood.


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