Jaime Miller, Biotechnology
“Microfilarial nematodes as potential tick-borne pathogens.”
The purpose of this studyis to identify microfilarial nematodes (worms) as potential tick-borne human pathogens in the US. Tick-borne co-infection in Lyme disease patients are of mounting concern because they have been found to increase the severity and duration of acute illness. In the last decade, there were a number of efforts to identify potential co-infection in Lyme disease patients, with the goal of providing a rational for more specific treatments. Most investigators focused on identifying novel tick-borne bacteria, viruses and even fungi in ticks or patients with tick-borne human pathogens.