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New test differentiates between Lyme disease, similar illness

There is now a way to distinguish Lyme disease from similar conditions, report scientists. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. But it can be confused with similar conditions, including Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness.

Senior author John Belisle, a professor in CSU's Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, said the findings are significant because current laboratory tests for early Lyme disease are not ideal. The research team, which also included scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hopes the findings will lay the groundwork for other studies that could lead to better early testing for Lyme disease.

Belisle's research is rooted in tuberculosis and leprosy, but he saw that the approaches his team has taken with those diseases -- developing biomarkers or biosignatures for diagnosing a disease or the prognosis for a disease -- could be applied to developing a diagnostic test for STARI and improving Lyme disease diagnostic tests.

 

www.sciencedaily.com


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