Lyme Disease is an infectious disease that was believed to by only one kind of bacteria: Borrelia burgdorferi. The most common sign of infection being a telltale expanding area of redness, known as erythema migrans, that begins at the site of a tick bite about a week after it has occurred. The rash is typically neither itchy nor painful.
Other symptoms may include fever, headache, and feeling tired. If untreated, symptoms may include loss of the ability to move one or both sides of the face, joint pains, severe headaches with neck stiffness, or heart palpitations, among others.
This month, an unintentional discovery in a Mayo Clinic lab proved that B. burgdorferi cannot solely be blamed for all cases of Lyme Disease infections.
While doing some routine tests looking for the organism, Director of the Mayo Clinic Clinical Parasitology Lab, Bobbi Pritt, MD, uncovered some atypical results regarding B. burgdorferi. Upon further testing, Dr. Pritt came to the shocking realization of what she found.
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