Borrelia miyamotoi

27 October 2014

Borrelia miyamotoi is a bacteria is in the relapsing fever group of  Borrelia. Although it’s not closely related to the Lyme disease bacteria, it can cause a Lyme-like-illness. 

Symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle aches and chills. Diagnosis is by PCR testing, at present, the test is not widely available.
 
Treatment is doxycycline.
 
Borrelia miyamotoi was identified in 1995 in ticks from Japan.  The bacteria has also been detected in two species of North American ticks, Ixodes scapularis (black-legged/deer tick) and Ixodes pacificus (western black-legged tick).  
 
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