New treatment could help eradicate Lyme disease – ZME Science

Ticks transmit the Lyme disease. Credit Wikipedia Commons


Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States, affecting more than 300.000 people per year. It’s caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks.

The most common treatment for the disease is oral antibiotics, typically doxycycline, used in the early stages of Lime. Nevertheless, for reasons still unclear, the antibiotics don’t work for up to 20% of the people with the disease, which has led researchers to look at alternative approaches.

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