Tuesday, 9 June 2015


Borrelia miyamotoi Disease in the Northeastern United StatesA Case Series ONLINE FIRST

Philip J. Molloy, MD; Sam R. Telford III, ScD; Hanumara Ram Chowdri, MD; Timothy J. Lepore, MD; Joseph L. Gugliotta, MD; Karen E. Weeks, BS; Mary Ellen Hewins, BS; Heidi K. Goethert, ScD; and Victor P. Berardi
Conclusion: Patients with BMD presented with nonspecific symptoms, including fever, headache, rigors, myalgia, and arthralgia. Laboratory confirmation of BMD was possible by PCR on blood from acutely symptomatic patients who were seronegative at presentation. Borrelia miyamotoi may be an emerging tickborne infection in the northeastern United States.

Borrelia miyamotoi: The Newest Infection Brought to Us by Deer Ticks ONLINE FIRST

Peter J. Krause, MD; and Alan G. Barbour, MD


Just some of the points raised - 

Acquisition of Borrelia Miyamotoi from unfed larval ticks is possible because of transovarial transmission of the pathogen from an infected female.

Human to human transmission by blood transfusion is theoretically possible 

A rash was present in only 8% and none described as Erythema Migrans

The diagnosis of Borrelia Miyamotoi in this case series was based on PCR  testing and subsequent sequencing.

To date no Borrelia Miyamotoi tests have been approved by US FDA.

A Wright or Giemsa-stained blood smear is a routinely performed procedure which might reveal Borrelia Miyamotoi spirochetes in the blood during febrile episodes.


This emerging research has significance for many countries because Borrelia Miyamotoi has been found in a number of countries including England 


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