Antibiotics don’t always kill Lyme, studies say
Excerpted from PoughkeepsieJournal.COM: (03/26/2014)
Lyme disease bacteria can persist even after antibiotic treatments.
Want proof? Start with mice.
That was the message a leading researcher imparted Wednesday night to a packed auditorium at Our Lady of Lourdes High School.
Dr. Brian Fallon presented studies that have shown ticks can acquire the spirochetal bacteria from mice once infected with Lyme disease and then treated with antibiotics.
Fallon is the director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center at Columbia University.
The lecture was sponsored by the Vassar Brothers Institute and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.
Other studies have replicated the results and an ongoing study is examining whether the same holds true when humans are the host.
The studies, Fallon said, show Lyme disease can persist even after a full course of antibiotic treatments.