|Title||Borrelia mayonii: prying open Pandora's box of spirochetes.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Journal||Lancet Infect Dis.|
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.