A new blood test called the Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD Serochip) promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of tick-borne disease by offering a single test to identify and distinguish between Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease, and seven other tick-borne pathogens.
How do you test for tick disease?
- Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. The test used most often to detect Lyme disease, ELISA detects antibodies to B. burgdorferi.
- Western blot test. If the ELISA test is positive, this test is usually done to confirm the diagnosis.
What tests are included in a tick panel?
Test Includes:Babesia Microti Ab IgG reported as a titer. Lyme disease serology reported as negative (if Lyme disease serology is positive or equivocal, then the Lyme disease antibody confirmation by Western blot will be performed at an additional charge).
Is there a blood test for tick bites?
There is no benefit of blood testing for Lyme disease at the time of the tick bite; even people who become infected will not have a positive blood test until approximately two to six weeks after the infection develops (post-tick bite). Only the Ixodes species of tick, also known as the deer tick, causes Lyme disease.
How do you test for tick borne diseases in dogs?
The C6 antibodies can be detected as soon as four weeks after a dog is bitten by an infected tick, and may be found in the blood stream even before the dog shows signs of illness. The 4Dx test is offered as part of a package of tests that looks for other tick-borne diseases.