Fascinating information on Lyme disease! 20 different strains!
A great deal of research online disease has been done recently and published in books and even the lay press. It is wonderful that research continues, because only this way can we learned more and more about a disease and how it affects the human body.
Some of the latest studies describe that there are two types or subsets of . The first type is a short-term disease which manifests in a skin rash and is fairly short-lived and easy to cure.
The second type is a chronic disease that spreads throughout the body, disseminates into organs such as brain and bone and is far more damaging.
Of the 20 strains recently found on the East Coast of the continental United States by a researcher at Stony Brook University, there appear to be 10 strains that do not cause the disease, six strains that only caused a mild rash, and four strains that cause long-term invasive disease.
The most virulent of the strains is called B 31, which was originally found in Block Island and is now found widespread in Europe and the USA. This research supports the long-held ideas that Lyme disease can be a chronic disseminated disease requiring long-term results.
We are looking forward, eagerly for the blood labs to make available these specific types of tests.
As research marches on we are able to learn more about disease and ourselves.
If you have any history of bug bite, or tick bite, or unusual rash, joint pains or unexplained neurological symptoms please make sure you evaluate and test for Lyme disease. The best lyme test is called a Western blot, but it might need to be performed after a person is on antibiotics for a week. In many cases the organism that causes Lyme can hide inside the cells allowing the blood test to be negative.
So there are specific ways to evaluating whether or not a person actually has Lyme disease.