Borrelia mayonii: prying open Pandora's box of spirochetes.

TitleBorrelia mayonii: prying open Pandora's box of spirochetes.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsScott, JD
JournalLancet Infect Dis.
Volume16
Start Page637
Issue6
Date Published06/2016
Abstract

Bobbi Pritt and colleagues1 reveal that Borrelia mayonii is a new member of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex, and show that this spirochete is pathogenic to human beings. However, the authors err on several key points. They state B burgdorferi sensu stricto was previously the only cause of Lyme borreliosis in the USA. With the discovery of B mayonii, they take credit for describing the first non-B burgdorferi sensu stricto in patients in the USA; this assumption is not true.

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