Borrelia mayonii

Lyme disease just got nastier, CBS News, Feb 9, 2016The report, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, says the new bacteria causes similar symptoms in the early stage of infection, such as fever, headache, rash, and neck pain. Arthritis can set in weeks later. But unlike B. burgdorferi, B. mayonii can inflict nausea and vomiting, as well. It also may cause a diffuse rash, different from the telltale “bull’s-eye” rash doctors peg to the original Lyme infection.

CDC’s tick advice remains the same after Lyme disease discovery, Michigan Radio, July 6, 2017Eisen says earlier studies of B. burgdorferi showed that the risk of Lyme disease increases the longer a tick is attached to a person or animal, which is why daily tick checks are a standard recommendation for preventing Lyme disease. “So what we wanted to do in this new study was to confirm that this new bacterium causing Lyme disease behaved in a similar way,” says Eisen. “And we saw the same thing as we had seen previously for Borrelia burgdorferi. We did not see any transmission by a single infected tick in the first 24 hours of the tick being attached, but then as the days progressed, the risk of transmission increases day by day.” He says CDC’s advice remains the same: carefully check yourself and your kids for ticks every day, and quickly remove any ticks you find.

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