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Non-Tick Transmission of Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Infections

Compiled by Melissa Kaplan

Bloodborne Pathogen Training Manual, Yale University, p. 12

Laboratory- and some other Occupationally-acquired Microbial Diseases. A bibliography


Journal Abstracts on Blood & Organ Donations
If the researchers are using the hugely inaccurate ELISA as their initial screening tool, and then the CDC criteria on Western blot in case of positive ELISAs, just how trustworthy are the studies reporting no infection through donated blood and organs? As a reminder, IgM reflects a new infection or reactivation of a previous infection, while IgG reflects an ongoing infection. The IgM will turn negative before the IgG will in those cases where the immune system has been able to successfully fight the infection, or drugs taken to quash the infection have been effective.

Survival of Borrelia burgdorferi in blood products. (1989)

Prevalence of Erythema migrans Borreliosis in blood donors. (1989)

Survival of Borrelia burgdorferi in human blood stored under blood banking conditions. (1990)

Lyme disease--another transfusion risk? (1989; Comment)

Prevalence of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi in forestry workers and blood donors from the same region in Switzerland. (1989)

Survival of Borrelia burgdorferi in antibiotically treated patients with Lyme borreliosis. (1989)

Borrelia burgdorferi: survival in experimentally infected human blood processed for transfusion. (1990)

Current concepts on the transmission of bacteria and parasites by blood components. (1995)

Babesiosis in a renal transplant recipient acquired through blood transfusion. (2000)

Antibodies and T-cell reactivity to Borrelia burgdorferi in an asymptomatic population: a study of healthy blood donors in an inland town district in the south-east of Sweden. (2001)


Activation or Reactivation of Dormant Lyme
Emergence of lyme arthritis after autologous chondrocyte transplantation (2004)




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