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Lyme Disease - Prevention

Lyme disease can be prevented by avoiding and removing ticks. You can also get the disease again after successful treatment, so it is important to continue to protect yourself against tick bites.

Lyme disease isn't contagious and cannot be spread from person to person. But there are certain precautions you can take to prevent the spread of the illness.

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If you have active Lyme disease, don't donate blood. The bacteria that cause the illness can be transmitted this way. If you have been treated for Lyme disease, you may be able to donate blood, but check with the blood bank first.

A pregnant woman may be able to pass Lyme disease to her unborn child, but proven cases are rare. Lyme disease hasn't been shown to cause birth defects or fetal death.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: August 21, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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