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Response to Warpy (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 09:06 PM

5. I've had Lyme disease three times.

Happily for me, each time I had the classic rash, and was able to get the appropriate antibiotic. On one occasion my doctor initially diagnosed me as having a flu, but cheerfully corrected himself when the rash showed up.

I apologize for confusing the mathematical definition of "vector" which includes a point of origin, with the biological meaning. You are, of course, correct.

However the real reservoir, or at least an alternate reservoir, seems to be mice. It may be the case that all mammals can be affected. I have a cat, an indoor cat who has shown up nonetheless with ticks, probably because she's unemployed having retired from the mouse killing business and gone into the furniture trashing business.

I recalled writing something about Lyme disease somewhere, and I found it over at Daily Kos, where I used to write before being banned for telling the truth: Evolution and Lyme: Some Nihilist Remarks on a Disease, Part I. There are probably other parts; I can't recall.

My joints are killing me lately, and I can't tell if it's an undiscovered outbreak of Lyme, or simply a function of being old and fat, maybe a little of each.

It's hard to tell. I have antibodies to Lyme to be sure, so a test would be superfluous.

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