A previous study from Tulane University showed that the Lyme spirochete could survive antibiotic therapy in monkeys.
In the present study, researchers used sophisticated techniques to examine culture samples from twelve human patients who had positive antibody tests for Lyme disease and persistent symptoms despite prior or current antibiotic treatment. All twelve patients had positive cultures for Borrelia burgdorferi, even if they were currently taking antibiotics.
The presence of live spirochetes in symptomatic patients supports the role of ongoing infection in these patients. A study by an international team of researchers has found persistent infection despite antibiotic therapy in patients with ongoing symptoms of Lyme disease. The study was published in the open access journal Healthcare (Basel) ( http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/6/2/33/pdf).