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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

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Conclusions, continued

Slide 47

July 2010

Some specific points about PCR is that blood is NOT a preferred specimen for Lyme PCR and it does seem to have a lower sensitivity than other specimens such as synovial fluid and skin tissue for detection of Borrellia burgdorferi DNA. Also, there is a new Ehrlichia species that is closely related to Ehrlichia muris and it has been described so far from humans in Minnesota and Wisconsin and right now we are referring to this as an Ehrlichia muris-like organism and physicians should be aware of the prevalence of tick-borne diseases in their region and then consider those organisms in their differential diagnosis. So with that, I’d like to conclude this presentation.

Conclusions, continued


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