Who checks ticks for Lyme disease bacteria?
If you suspect that a tick removed from your skin harbors the Lyme disease bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, you can send it to the Gunderson Lutheran Outreach Lab, l9l0 South Avenue, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601. Send a $l7.50 check made out to the Lab, along with the live tick kept moist in a container with a small piece of moist cotton or paper. One or two days after receiving the tick the Lab will have determined if it is positive or negative for the bacteria. They can send you this information, or you can call them at their toll free number l-800-362-9567, extension 4701 for quicker reply.
The Minnesota Department of Health does not identify ticks or test them
for the Lyme disease bacteria. Most medical clinics do not identify ticks
or test them for the bacteria, but they usually request that you keep the
tick and schedule an appointment with a doctor if you develop symptoms
of Lyme disease within 2 to 30 days. Ticks can be identified but not tested
for the bacteria, at no charge, by the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District,
Metro Counties Government Center, attention of Janet Jarnefeld, 2099 University
Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104-343l. Mail the ticks in a self-seal plastic
bag, and wrap the tick in a paper towel soaked in water or alcohol.