Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lyme disease relapse

December 2009 proved physically taxing for me. I returned to my family home in Cleveland, Ohio for the holidays and visited several doctors. In January 2010 I was diagnosed with a recurrence of Lyme disease (infection of Borrelia burgdorferi, transmitted through the bite of a tick). I was infected with B. burgdorferi in late 1987 after working on a research projects investigating wild mice and white-tailed deer in Virginia (both of these animals are vectors for the transmission of this disease, and Virginia is confirmed as a Lyme disease state). In addition to B. burgdorferi, I was also infected with a red-blood cell parasite known as Babesia macroti. I am currently in Ohio receiving anti-biotic therapy.