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TEXAS A&M RESEARCHERS FIND LYME DISEASE IN CAT FLEAS

 COLLEGE STATION, Texas, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine say common fleas may carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease...and they say experiments suggest that cats can develop the ailment.
 Texas A&M microbiologist Dr. Colin Young says the findings raise new questions about how Lyme disease is transmitted. Most researchers have believed that Lyme disease is spread by ticks that feed on the blood of infected animals. But Young says some people who say they've never been bitten by a tick develop the ailment.
 However, Young says there's not evidence yet that humans are in danger of getting Lyme disease from fleas that feed on cats.
 In humans, the early symptoms of Lyme disease include a circular rash surrounding an insect bite, fever, headache and nausea. It can lead to neurological, heart and liver problems if untreated. Antibiotics are effective in fighting the disease.
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 /CONTACT: Tura King of Texas A&M University, 409-845-4670/


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