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Detection of antigens in urine of mice and humans infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, etiologic agent of Lyme disease.


Lyme disease is a seasonal tick-borne malady which has worldwide distribution. Early and accurate diagnosis of
Lyme disease is essential for successful antibiotic therapy. Symptoms are too vague to make an early diagnosis based on conventional criteria. We report the detection of antigens of Borrelia burgdorferi, causative agent of
Lyme disease, in the urine of infected mice and humans. This technique may eventually provide a rapid diagnostic test for the early and accurate detection of this illness.

J Clin Microbiol. 1989 Jan;27(1):58-61. Research Support, U.S. Gov’t, P.H.S. [1]