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Several reports have suggested a link between infection with Borrelia burgdorferi (the spirochete causing
Lyme disease) and development of cutaneous B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (CBCL).
We did a correlation analysis of CBCL and
Lyme disease using data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program and from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
We could not demonstrate a geographic correlation between incidence rates of
Lyme disease and CBCL.
This observation suggests that infection with B. burgdorferi is not a major risk factor for CBCL in the USA.
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