Is Persistent Lyme Disease Caused by Another Organism Identified by Dr. Willy Burgdorfer over 35 Years Ago? Why hasn’t anyone looked into it?

By Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA

A  recent article from STAT, an affiliate of the Boston Globe, raises serious questions about the original publication of the discovery of Lyme disease by Dr. Willy Burgdorfer 35 years ago. The STAT article is based on a review of Burgdorfer’s research notes and papers uncovered in his garage shortly before his death. These papers suggest that another pathogen found in patients’ blood during this period, Rickettsia helvetica, may play a significant role in Lyme disease. Burgdorfer referred to this pathogen, which he first discovered in Switzerland in 1978, as the “Swiss Agent.” Rickettsia helvetica is a member of the spotted fever group rickettsia…….. Join or login below to continue reading.

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