CDC Announces New Lyme Disease Bacteria

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in conjunction with health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, have announced a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) that causes Lyme disease.


“Like B. burgdorferi, B. mayonii causes fever, headache, rash, and neck pain in the early stages of infection (days after exposure) and arthritis in later stages of infection (weeks after exposure). Unlike B. burgdorferi, however, B. mayonii is associated with nausea and vomiting, diffuse rashes (rather than a single so-called “bull’s-eye” rash), and a higher concentration of bacteria in the blood,” according to the release.

So far the new bacteria have only been identified in the Midwest and confined to six individuals. Standard antibacterial treatment has been successful.

It has yet to be seen if and when the bacteria will spread.

Read the full report on the CDC website.