Safety: Lyme disease



A vaccine that may protect dogs from Lyme disease is available although you should consult your veterinarian about its use. Human vaccines are currently in clinical trials and will not be available before 1997 at the earliest. For further information on Lyme, other tick-borne diseases, physician referrals or Foundation activities, please contact us at the address below.


Two "new" tick-borne diseases are being detected in increasing numbers and still more may be identified in the future due in part to new testing techniques. Both human granulocytic Ehrlichiosis (HGE) and Babesiosis, disease agents which in addition to Lyme are carried by the deer tick, are being diagnosed more frequently on the East Coast. HGE in the upper Midwest, and Babesiosis on the West Coast.

Both physicians and the general public should be aware of these diseases as symptoms are different. HGE is caused by a type of bacteria (Rickettsia) and its symptoms may include a high fever, severe headaches. and occasional vomiting. It is treated with tetracycline or its analogues; amoxicillin is useless against the Ehrlichia bacteria.

Babesiosis is a malaria-like illness caused by a protozoan parasite. Symptoms of this disease usually begin about a week after being bitten. and include a gradual onset of malaise. fatigue and loss of appetite followed by fever, drenching sweats, muscle pain and headaches. Treatment for Babesiosis includes quinine and clindamycin and

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