TIK ALERT, LYME DISEASE CHECK IN BLOOD. For home and professional use
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Ticks are insects living in undergrowth and forests of temperate climatic zones. Those insects can be infected by a bacterium (Borrelia) that can be then transmitted to humans (1 to 2% transmission risk) after being bitten on the arm, the leg and any other part of the body not protected with clothes. Borrelia bacterium affects the nervous system and can lead to serious neurological disorders. That infection can also cause cutaneous lesions and arthritis. From 3 to 10 days, or even several weeks, after being bitten, an inflammation and redness (erythema) can appear in the bite region. The inflammation can be accompanied by feverishness. In case of infection, the immune system reacts by releasing specific antibodies directed against Borrelia bacterium. A particular category of antibodies (IgM: immunoglobulins M) can be detected between 2 and 4 weeks after being infected. With TIK’ALERT® test, it is possible to detect the presence of those specific antibodies, and thus, a recent infection with Borrelia bacterium between 2 and 4 weeks after the presumed tick bite. Should the case arise, an antibiotic therapy will eliminate the infection. The TIK’ALERT® test is very accurate and is used by professionals in the field (hospitals, laboratories…). Evaluation reports show that early antibodies against Borrelia bacterium are detected in more than 91 % of the cases.
How does TIK’ALERT® work?
In presence of Borrelia bacterium transmitted by a tick, specific IgM antibodies are rapidly produced by the immune system. The antibodies circulate in the blood and bind on the encountered bacteria. TIK’ALERT® test specifically detects those antibodies in the blood and thus, the presence of that bacterium can be suspected.