[CanLyme Note: Canadians have got to beware of information produced by any members of the Canadian Lyme Disease Research Network (CLyDRN) as their information does not serve you the public, but instead serves the for-profit medical industry and their many components while patients struggle with a lifetime of disability and multiple daily drugs not intended to fix the disease itself. They prefer to farm sickness for profit.]
Published May 7th, 2019 by Jane Bailey
Re: the April 30 online opinion piece, “Eek – a tick! What now? This online tool will help,” By Jade Savage.
As we enter into May, and Lyme Disease Awareness Month, I thought, for the most part, that this particular article, originally posted by The Conversation, provided timely and relevant information for the public regarding tick identification.
However, it also provided information that contains a glaring and serious error, and that could result in serious health consequences if certain advice is followed.
“Ms. Savage stated that if you were bitten by a Lyme disease- infected tick, “you may be eligible for a single dose of preventative antibiotics that would prevent an infection from developing in the event that the tick was infected. This approach, called post-exposition prophylaxis, is time-sensitive: the antibiotics must be administered within 72 hours of tick removal to be effective.”
This statement is not only disturbing, it is incorrect and makes no logical sense in any real-world medical or scientific scenario.”