Montanans (including myself and multiple others I’ve read about and met) can and have contracted Lyme.
One of the primary purposes of this page is to demonstrate that current guidelines are what have kept a “first documented case” of Lyme contracted in Montana from being documented (discussed in greater detail throughout this website).
Although it is critical that Montana cease precluding Lyme diagnoses based on that circular logic, paired with outdated assumptions about tick distributions and vector species, it is also extremely important to note the Montana is currently a “black hole” for Lyme patients no matter where they contracted it. Both for diagnosis, and for treatment of existing cases. There are up to two lyme literate practitioners in the entire state.
To my knowledge they are both Naturopath’s not covered my most insurance. Not all patients can travel or afford entirely out of pocket care, so that lyme patients that move to Montana may find themselves in declining health, eventually unemployed and out of resources.