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    Default Lyme Disease Ticks Attracted To People With Type A Blood

    Bryan Hubbard
    July 20 2018

    If you're going out for a woodland walk and your blood group happens to be Type A, then cover up—you're much more likely to be bitten by a tick that can spread Lyme disease. The ticks are attracted to Type A blood group people, while the Type B folk seem to have an in-built defence mechanism that repels them.

    In a laboratory test, the ticks—known as 'sheep ticks' or Ixodes Ricinus—were naturally drawn to the Type A samples around 36 per cent of the time, and to the Type B samples just 15 per cent of the time. Every blood group was included in the test, which involved a Petri dish and ticks that were placed in the dish for two minutes.



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    Default Re: Lyme Disease Ticks Attracted To People With Type A Blood

    Interesting theory. I've heard several reasons why ticks are attracted to certain people, but never the "blood group" theory. As a young Cub Scout camping in the woods, our scout commander told us ticks were attracted to the ammonia in our urine so we had to urinate at a distance from our camp site to keep from attracting them. Also, I've heard ticks are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale. From what I understand, they don't see very well, but they can smell chemicals and odors at a quite a distance.

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    Default Re: Lyme Disease Ticks Attracted To People With Type A Blood

    Despite the profusion of "tick explosion" articles this spring and summer, here in Maine I have seen fewer ticks than usual, and none on me. I wonder whether the drought has any connection. I've heard no reports of a tick explosion from local friends either.
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    Default Re: Lyme Disease Ticks Attracted To People With Type A Blood

    Islander, the same is true here in Mass. Could be a result of the drought, although this past week has been a deluge of humid, hot rainy weather. Regardless, I haven't seen many ticks either on us or our dogs, certainly less than some other years when ticks proliferate.
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