Lyme disease linked to birds, study finds
Excerpted from the DelhiDailyN ews: (03/01/2015)
A new study has found that Lyme disease is linked to birds. It is notable that Lyme disease is the leading tick-borne infection in America.
According to Robert Lane, a medical entomologist and UC Berkeley Professor of the Graduate School is a leading expert on ticks and Lyme disease: “Another species of Lyme disease spirochete closely related to, but distinct from, Borrelia burgdorferi was detected in birds for the first time anywhere in the world.”
Lane said the findings of the study left him completely surprised. The new species of Lyme disease dubbed as Borrelia bissettii has the same symptoms like the old Lyme disease. According to Lane, it is the most common form of the Borrelia species recently found in birds.
“The fact that we found this particular bacterium for the first time in birds in California is notable because of the ease with which birds can distribute spirochetes to different regions. It is worth watching to see if this spirochete expands in this state,” Lane added.