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Tincup
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Look out Tennessee... you've got Lone stari.

Just like Lyme..

But normal Lyme tests can't pick up this strain!!!

[Eek!]

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J Med Entomol. 2003 Jan ;40 (1):100-2 12597661 [Cited: 4]

Detection of Borrelia lonestari in Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) from Tennessee.

T Stegall-Faulk , D C Clark , S M Wright

Genetic sequences characteristic of Borrelia lonestari (Barbour et al. 1996) were detected in two pools of adult Amblyomma americanum (L.) from Tennessee, corresponding to an estimated minimum field infection rate of 8.4 infected ticks/1000 adults.

DNA amplification was conducted using primers derived from the B. lonestari flagellin gene that would also amplify Borrelia burgdorferi (Johnson, Schmid, Hyde, Steigerwalt, and Brenner).

Species-specific, internal probes were then used to differentiate between genetic sequences of the spirochetes.

Subsequent nucleotide sequencing confirmed the presence of B. lonestari in A. americanum; B. burgdorferi was not detected.

This represents the first report of B. lonestari from Tennessee, and suggests that Lyme-like illness may occur in Tennessee.


Mesh-terms: Animals; Base Sequence; Borrelia, genetics; Borrelia, isolation & purification; DNA Primers; Electrophoresis, Agar Gel, methods; Ixodidae, microbiology; Molecular Sequence Data; Polymerase Chain Reaction; Tennessee;

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TNJanet
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Hey Tinny,

You talkin' to ME? I've always KNOWN that Tennessee was perty special.....might as well have the Lone Star....except they'll have to start calling it the Volunteer.

I brought this up with Dr. J a few months ago. He said it was probable. Don't think IgeneX tested for it though. How would I know?

Good to see ya hangin' out here.

Love and hugs,
Janet

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Tincup
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Yepper.. I was looking directly for YOU! Nice to see you!!!

By the way... I need to talk to you. Got some time?

If so.. email me... when and where.

[email protected]

Tell Dr. J... Tincup said...

GET WITH THE PROGRAM!

HA!

And I know Igexex tests for several strains but off the top of my fat head.. I can't remember if one of them WAS Stari? Duh me. I should know!!!

I'll TRY to remember.. and let you know... but a quick call to their toll free number would answer you best.

[Big Grin]

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seibertneurolyme
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MDL Test #430 -- B. Lonestari

Think this has only been available for a year or so -- don't think anyone has posted that they tested positive on this test.

Bea Seibert

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Thanks Bea.. good info. My brain wouldn't work.

I wonder who tests people.. and how many cases have been found and where? Just curious.

The CDC was asking for "guinea pigs" a few years back.. but never heard of results.

Thanks!

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quote:
Originally posted by seibertneurolyme:
MDL Test #430 -- B. Lonestari

Think this has only been available for a year or so -- don't think anyone has posted that they tested positive on this test.

Bea Seibert

Keep in mind that is a PCR test. From what I've read, PCR tests aren't really good at detecting late Lyme. Because the Lyme lives in deep tissue. So, it isn't in the blood much, or in detectible levels.

I live in Tennessee and tested negative for Lyme via ELISA and Western Blot (I just had the 41k band). But I did test positive for Lyme via C6 Peptide.

If I do have the B. Lonestari strain, than this could explain my above testing results.

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Hello, What is the B. Lonestari strain?

btw, I am from Alabama. Where in TN ya'll from? I live in north west AL. About 10 minutes from the state line.

Thanks!

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I agree.......we need to call ours Volunteeritis!
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Indeed! ...and my strain from GA would be Peachesia or Peachanella?

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