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Lyme disease vaccine: hopes and concerns.


The vaccine against
Lyme disease for last decade became an important issue for many researchers. Recently two groups of scientists published data of their trials carried out on humans. The vaccine which was given to volunteers consisted of recombinant outer surface protein (Osp)A. These people were observed for two years when approximately 79% of them developed resistance to Borrelia burgdorferi infection. These data were evaluated by FDA experts who recommended vaccine for approval. Main concerns of experts are: short duration of observation of vaccinated people, no possibility to vaccinate children, problematic vaccination people with undiagnosed
Lyme disease. However the moment when effective and safe vaccine against
Lyme disease will be available seems to approach.

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