Lyme disease cannot be transmitted from one person to another. To date, it has not been reported to be transmitted through blood transfusion or infected animals (pets).1
Many still attribute its transmission to ticks, but according to one of the leading authorities on Lyme disease, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, the bacteria that cause it can also be spread by other biting or blood-sucking insects, which include mosquitoes, fleas, spiders and mites.
Dogs and cats can get infected, but there is no evidence that they can spread the disease directly to humans. Just remember that your pets can bring infested ticks and fleas into your home. This is why you should avoid taking them to infested areas, and make sure to check them thoroughly every day for these parasites.
According to Norton Fishman, a Maryland doctor who specializes in tick-borne diseases, sufficient studies haven’t been done on gestational Lyme transmission, which is the reason there is no solid evidence for it.
Yet, scientists have long suspected that Lyme-causing bacteria can be passed gestationally. This is because other spirochetes, specifically the bacterium that causes syphilis, can be transmitted in the womb, and lead to birth defects.
Ruth Kriz, a nurse practitioner in Washington, D.C., who specializes in tick-borne infections, said she has seen cases of Lyme disease that have been passed from mother to child.2 When Lyme disease is acquired during pregnancy, the placenta may become infected and lead to stillbirth.
However, if the mother receives the appropriate treatment, there may be no negative effects on the fetus. Up to now, there are still no reports of Lyme transmission from breast milk.
The Lyme disease bacteria can live in blood that is stored for donation, however there are still no cases that have been linked from a blood transfusion. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who are currently being treated for Lyme shouldn’t donate blood.3
Is Lyme Disease Curable?
There is hope for a full recovery among individuals that are infected with Lyme disease. Aside from conventional treatment, which involves antibiotics, there are safer natural alternatives like the use of herbal antimicrobials.
You should consider Dr. Klinghardt’s Lyme disease protocol as well. Additionally, it would be beneficial to boost your immune function through a healthy diet and by supplementing with antioxidants like astaxanthin. Remember that treating Lyme disease with antibiotics will also kill good bacterial colonies in the gut, negatively affecting your natural immune function. This will further increase your risk of antibiotic-resistant infection, which may put your health at risk.
One of the most common questions after being diagnosed with Lyme is, “Can you die from Lyme disease?” It is generally not fatal, but in 2014, the CDC issued a warning in connection to three sudden cardiac deaths related to Lyme carditis. Moreover, studies have documented at least 23 attributed deaths to Lyme disease.4