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The difficulty in detecting Lyme Disease

FAIRMONT – In Minnesota, the summer months are feeding season for the deer tick nymph, the second stage in a tick’s life, when the miniscule arachnid is just the size of a pin head.

This is when most cases of Lyme disease are reported, and it’s also when the tick is likely to go undetected. How long a tick has to be attached to the body to transfer the bacterial infection is a point of debate, but the commonly accepted timeframe is 24 to 36 hours. In Europe, however, ticks have been found to transmit Lyme disease much more quickly

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