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Editor’s Note: The following study is an example of how Lyme disease is spreading worldwide, even into South American countries such as Brazil, which have typically been less affected than the United States, Canada, Europe, China and Australia.
Brazilian borreliosis with special emphasis on humans and horses
Borreliosis caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato is a cosmopolitan zoonosis studied worldwide; it is called Lyme disease in many countries of the Northern Hemisphere and Lyme-like or Baggio-Yoshinari Syndrome in Brazil.
However, despite the increasing number of suspect cases, this disease is still neglected in Brazil by the medical and veterinary communities. Brazilian Lyme-like borreliosis likely involves capybaras as reservoirs and Amblyomma and Rhipicephalus ticks as vectors. Thus, domestic animals can serve as key carriers in pathogen dissemination. This zoonosis has been little studied in horses in Brazil.
The first survey was performed in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and this Brazilian Borreliosis exhibits many differences from the disease widely described in the Northern Hemisphere. The etiological agent shows different morphological and genetic characteristics, the disease has a higher recurrence rate after treatment with antibiotics, and the pathogen stimulates intense symptoms such as a broader immune response in humans.
Additionally, the Brazilian zoonosis is not transmitted by the Ixodes ricinus complex. With respect to clinical manifestations, Baggio-Yoshinari Syndrome has been reported to cause neurological, cardiac, ophthalmic, muscle, and joint alterations in humans. These symptoms can possibly occur in horses. Here, we present a current panel of studies involving the disease in humans and equines, particularly in Brazil.
Source: By RC Basile, Yoshinari NH, Mantovani E, Bonoldi VN, Macoris DD, Queiroz-Neto A. Brazilian borreliosis with special emphasis on humans and horses. Braz J Microbiol. 2016 Oct 4. pii: S1517-8382(16)30902-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bjm.2016.09.005. [Epub ahead of print]