Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States and Europe. It is caused primarily by Borrelia burgdorferi in the United States, while B burgdorferi, B afzelii, and B garinii cause Lyme disease in Europe. In 2013, a patient was hospitalized and tested for multiple diseases, including Lyme disease. Using PCR and melting curve analysis, a new species of Borrelia was identified. Using prospective and retrospective studies, a total of 6 cases of Lyme disease caused by this new species, Borrelia mayonii, were confirmed.
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We are live blogging from Madrid, Spain, the site of the 2016 International Surgical Pathology Symposium. All week, we will be posting plenty of photos, high-level overviews, and daily case studies for you to get a taste of this year’s symposium.
Lyme Disease Part 1: The Common Culprits Worldwide—Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia garinii, Borrelia afzelii [Hot Topic]
Over 30,000 confirmed or probable cases of Lyme disease occur annually in the United States, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 300,000 cases of presumed Lyme disease go unreported each year. This Hot Topic discusses scenarios in which testing for Lyme disease is indicated and reviews both recommended and inappropriate testing methodologies. The overall focus is on performance of the CDC endorsed two-tiered serologic testing algorithm and the latest CDC recommendations.
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