Essays on Biodiversity,conservation and science in Peru. December Blog: The importance of in-country biodiversity collections.
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.
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