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Borrelia burdorferi

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Brett Ralston

on 21 February 2017

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Undefined Gram Stain
Three strains of disease causing Bacteria
Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto
Borrelia garinii
Borrelia afzelii
Linear Chromosome
Blacklegged Tick most common in North America
30,000 cases per year in US
Rate is increasing
The Tick gets the bacteria from natural reservoir
White-footed mouse
7% of cases are asymptomatic
Virulence Factors/ Pathogenicity
Production begins in feeding nymph Ticks salivary gland
In mammalian host amount decreases after early infection
vlsE gene
Up regulated in mammalian host
Allows for host immune evasion
antigenic variation
Alters surface proteins
General Information
Two-tiered Testing
Enzyme immunoassay (ELISA)
Then IgM and IgG Western Blot
Tests for antibodies
Borrelia burgdorferi can be grown on Barbour-Stoenner-Kelly (BSK) medium.
13 different ingredients
Rabbit serum
Antibiotic treatment
Doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axeti
Taken off market in 2002
Was only available Vaccine
Targeted ospA
Low demand
Borrelia burgdorferi
by: Brett Ralston

Early (3-30 Days)
"Bulls eye" Rash
Facial Palsy
Stiff joints
Late (Months After infection)
Multiple Bulls eye rashes
Severe arthritis
Shooting pains
Nerve pain
Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome
Cause unknown
Symptoms persist for months after treatment
Mortality Rate
Very Low (144 in 1999-2001)
During tick season wear clothes that cover your arms and legs when outside
When you get home check for ticks and remove any as soon as possible
Wear DEET sprays
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