Scientists Discover New Bacteria Responsible For Lyme Disease
Excerpted from the Huffington Post : (02/09/2016)
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Researchers have discovered a new bacteria that causes Lyme disease in humans, a U.S. health agency said Monday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, discovered the new bacteria, called Borrelia mayonii, the CDC said in a statement.
Previously, only one bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, was believed to cause human Lyme disease, which is transmitted through bites from by the blacklegged “deer” tick, the CDC statement said.
The new bacteria has so far only been detected in the upper Midwest region of the United States, the CDC said.