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Category Press Release
Publish Date 9/7/2017
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Battling Lyme Disease with Cutting Edge Testing Techniques
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides testing and sampling kits to identify Borrelia burgdorferi from infected ticks to help determine Lyme disease exposure risks.

Cinnaminson, NJ, September 7, 2017

In August, national media outlets published reports of experimental blood tests that showed promise for identifying early cases of Lyme disease. Early stage detection of the infection in people has traditionally been a challenge, as existing blood tests are known to frequently miss infections in the first few weeks.

While news of this potential early detection test seems encouraging for public health advocates and tick bite victims, it is unclear how many years down the road it will be before these tests are available to the public.

For those concerned about detecting possible early exposure to the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks, EMSL Analytical, Inc. offers highly sensitive testing of the ticks themselves. The tick(s) is sent to EMSL and then tested by utilizing PCR-based DNA analysis. If the results come back positive for the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi, medical professionals can then be contacted to begin the appropriate treatment options.

“While preventing tick bites in the first place is the best way to avoid exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi and the development of Lyme disease, this isn’t always possible,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “With today’s technology, early blood tests aren’t always accurate so testing the actual tick could provide important information to someone that has been recently bitten. At EMSL we offer an easy-to-use Lyme Disease Tick Test Kit, to collect samples that are then analyzed through our network of laboratories.” 

EMSL Analytical, Inc. has even sponsored an educational video about ticks and Lyme disease that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/nzINREQurOg.

For additional information about this or other environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.TickTestingLab.com or www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com. To order a Lyme Disease Tick Test Kit, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations.  In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.