Tulane University Study finds #Lyme
bacteria can survive antibiotic treatment months after infection #ChronicLyme
“It is apparent from these data that B. burgdorferi bacteria, which have had time to adapt to their host, have the ability to escape immune recognition, tolerate the antibiotic doxycycline and invade vital organs such as the brain and heart,” said lead author Monica Embers, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine. “Although current antibiotic regimens may cure most patients who are treated early, if the infection is allowed to progress, the 28-day treatment can be insufficient, based on these findings.”
The study also found:
All subjects treated with antibiotics were found to have some level of infection 7 – 12 months post treatment.
Despite testing negative by antibody tests for Lyme disease, two of 10 subjects were still infected with Lyme bacteria in heart and bladder.
Lyme bacteria which persist after antibiotic treatment are still viable.
LDC Note: Thank you to Bay Area Lyme Foundation, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation and #NIH
for funding this important research.