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Outline of Lyme borreliosis in Brazil.

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Since 1989, we have identified 25 patients with
Lyme disease, 15 in early and 10 in latent stage, supporting its existence in Brazil, according to following reasons: 1) presence of clinical manifestations compatible with
Lyme disease, with cutaneous, articular, nervous system and rarely cardiac envolvement; 2) presence of antibodies against Borrelia burgdorferi; 3) follow up of acute cases show sorologycal changes; 4) good antibiotic response at early stage of
disease and only satisfactory in latent form; 5) mapping of risk areas, according to geographycal distribution of patients; 6) presence and identification of Ixodid ticks; 7) identification of micro-organism like borrelias in human, wild animals and ticks cultures, seen by dark field microscope; 8) sorology done in dogs and oxes, confirm existence of risk areas for
Lyme disease.

Rev Hosp Clin Fac Med Sao Paulo. 1997 Mar-Apr;52(2):111-7. English Abstract; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t

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