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Findings that shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease or an adverse effect
Lyme disease following a dog bite – was there a tick?
  1. David Owen
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, University of Wales, College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Owen, dcowen999{at}


Lyme disease is the most common tick borne infection in temperate zones and the reported incidence of the condition is increasing. Erythema migrans is one of the few clinical signs of Lyme disease and is usually indicative of recently acquired infection. A case is presented of Lyme disease with erythema migrans which followed shortly after a dog bite. The author is not aware of any previously reported similar case. The author considers that the development of Lyme disease in the case was most likely due to a coincidental tick bite which was not noticed by the patient but an alternative possibility is that the disease was activated from a latent form. Patients with Lyme disease may not give a history of tick bite and clinicians should be aware of this.

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