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Borrelia Burgdorferi “sensu lato” in Brazil: Occurrence confirmed by immunohistochemistry and focus floating microscopy.

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Abstract

In the present study, we report the occurrence of
Lyme‘s borreliosis in patients from the Brazilian Amazon Region. Borreliosis was investigated by immunohistochemistry and focus floating microscopy for Borrelia burgdorferi in skin biopsy samples from 22 patients with both clinical and histopathology evidences compatible with Erythema Migrans. Spirochetes were detected by specific immunohistochemistry and focus floating microscopy for B. burgdorferi in samples from five patients. Clinical cure of the cutaneous lesions was observed in all the patients after treatment with doxycycline regimen as proposed by the Center
Disease Control guidelines. A limitation of our study was the fact that we were not able to isolate and culture these organisms. These are the first known Brazilian cases of borreliosis to have Focus Floating Microscopy confirmation.

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Acta Trop. 2010 Sep;115(3):200-4. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2010.02.017. Epub 2010 Mar 6.

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