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Lyme infection in December

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I woke up yesterday morning with a 6" slowly spreading bullseye rash on my upper torso. I am on Doxycycline for the next 21 days, and will be taking Murray to the vets on Monday to have him checked out too- the information I am finding about Lyme disease titres is that there are lots of false negatives (and positives). Will have to discuss this with my vet, but at this point I am thinking the best course is to just assume that Murray is infected too and get him on antibiotics regardless of the titre results. In 35 years of hiking and backpacking I have always worried about my dogs, made sure they were protected to the best of my ability, but never thought this would happen to ME- anyway, for any of you out there in high risk Lyme states, just a reminder to be careful out there-
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if murray has will show up on a test.
Murray has it- it did show up in the test. We are both on Doxycycline now.
how many milligrams is murray on and for how long?
300 mg once a day for 10 days for now. Besides the initial blood screen which diagnosed Lyme at his office, the vet sent a larger sample to a lab to get a quantitative reading. Dependng on those results, and on results of urinalysis to see if there's any kidney damage, he may have to stay on the Doxycycline 4 weeks. He said Lyme testing is actually more advanced for canine's than for humans right now. He also told me it doesn't make sense to stop running Murray out on the state gamelands because in our area he could pick Lyme up on someone's front lawn. He did advise screening every 6 months to see if the antibody level in his blood increases- this would indicate re-infection and he would have to be retreated - but that long term Doxcycline could cause liver problems.So that's where we are right now: Murray's Doxycycline and mine side by side on the cupboard shelf.
Sorry you've both been exposed. I recently saw a news blurb about a program to vaccinate one of the wild vectors, mice I think.
From 1998 to 2001, Tsao and other researchers trapped and anesthetized almost 1,000 white-footed mice in a dozen southern Connecticut forests. The woods there also are a high-risk area for Lyme disease, and they're chock full of ticks...

Using a needle, the researchers gave the mice a shot of vaccine, tagged them, rehydrated them with an apple slice and sent them back into the forest. The mice developed immunity to the Lyme bacteria, making them \"dead-end hosts,\" Tsao said. When an infected tick fed on an immunized mouse, the mouse's antibodies killed the bacterium inside the tick -- leaving it unthreatening to humans.
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