A new bacteria has been found to cause Lyme disease. I guess one wasn’t enough. According to a recent piece in the New York Times b his new bacteria species Borrelia mayonii (named for the Mayo Clinic, where it was first identified) was detected in 6 patients from the mid-West. There are most likely more folks infected, but no one was even looking for this bacteria before it was observed. The real significance of finding that more than one bacteria can cause lyme disease is that the symptoms from Borrelia mayonii vary from what we’re used to. The bulls-eye rash we’re told to watch for does not always appear. People infected with Borrelia mayonii may have nausea, fever, headaches and neck pain. Which means, if your doctor is not looking for lyme, you may never know you have it.
So far this new bacteria has only been found in the upper mid-west and we can only hope it stays there. But it is something to be aware of as we continue to take precautions against lyme carrying ticks. As a refresher, here’s some advice from lymedisease.org.: