Tick testing for Lyme disease awareness and prevention
The presence of Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacteria that causes Lyme disease) carried by the deer tick (also called backlegged tick/Ixodes scapularis)) and the western backlegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) (found on the US west coast), can be detected in a single tick using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays. If done correctly, these DNA-based assays are both accurate and highly sensitive (detecting < 20 copies of target DNA). However, once transmitted to your system, Borrelia is quickly diluted in your blood and then concentrated in connective tissues. Thus, DNA-based assays are not effective for detecting Borrelia from human blood samples (at least not yet). In contrast, serological tests used at your doctor’s office for clinical diagnosis of Lyme rely upon your immune response. Your immune response can take weeks to reach detectable levels and results may vary greatly among individuals. Unfortunately, serology has failed many individuals suffering from chronic Lyme disease. Consequently, misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment are common among these groups. Hence, results from tick testing provides additional information for treatment decisions related to tick-borne infections. In our effort to bring both Lyme awareness and prevention to your communities, we offer tick testing services. Our goal is to make removal of a tick and testing both accessible and affordable after a tick bite.
Removal of a tick using SAFECARD
Tick test submission guide
1. After removal of a tick, secure it in a Ziploc bag and include a small section (1/2" x 1/2") of a damp paper towel or napkin.
2. Order your tick test online or purchase our First Contact Tick Removal and Submission Kit-COMPLETE.
3. Send your tick to our laboratory: 1612 Laporte Ave. Unit 6, Fort Collins, CO 80521
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Results will be emailed to you within 24-72 hr after we receive your sample by choosing the PRIORITY option at checkout.