Co-infections may explain ongoing disease in people treated for Lyme

08/12/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Many people who do not recover from Lyme disease despite appropriate antibiotic therapy likely are infected with one or more of the other pathogens carried by the tick that causes Lyme disease, according to physician Richard Horowitz. Borrelia miyamotoi mimics Lyme disease, while others, including Powassan encephalitis, aren't easy to diagnose and don't respond to the treatment for Lyme, Dr. Horowitz writes. If co-infections can be diagnosed and properly treated, Dr. Horowitz thinks many people will see their symptoms abate.

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