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...the ticks emit saliva, which makes sucking blood easier. Normally hosts do not feel this happening because tick saliva contains several bio-active molecules (analgesics, anticoagulants, anticomplementary blood factors and immunosuppressive agents) that act to prevent the bite area from being painful. Saliva of Ixodes ricinus-European tick contains proteins capable of inhibiting a host organism’s immune response
originally posted by: 19KTankCommander
a reply to: PapagiorgioCZ
Ticks were not around back in my day, I can remember walking through the woods and not getting anything, then there was that so called accident at PLUM ISLAND, (I guess they were developed there) were some of the ticks accidentally got out and according to reports hitched rides on birds, no the darn things are everywhere, wonder if any of this is true, makes one wonder
"Patmas and Remora reported on a case of Lyme disease that was transmitted after only 6 hours of attachment by a deer tick. The authors concluded that, “The current recommendation against treatment of shortduration tick bites may need reconsideration.”(1994)"
A literature review has determined that in animal models, transmission can occur in less than 16 hours, and the minimum attachment time for transmission of infection has never been established. Mechanisms for early transmission of spirochetes have been proposed based on their presence in different organs of the tick. Studies have found systemic infection and the presence of spirochetes in the tick salivary glands prior to feeding, which could result in cases of rapid transmission. Also, there is evidence that spirochete transmission times and virulence depend upon the tick and Borrelia species. These factors support anecdotal evidence that Borrelia infection can occur in humans within a short time after tick attachment.