This is topic States at Higher Elevations (Utah to Minnesta) have Different Strain of Lyme--TBRF in forum Medical Questions at LymeNet Flash.

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Posted by TF (Member # 14183) on :
If you live in a state at higher elevation, you may need to know that you need tested not with the typical lyme test (for Borellia Burgdorferi), but, instead, for Borellia Hermsii.

Borellia Hermsii is commonly called Tick Borne Relapsing Fever. The test for lyme (B. Burgdorferi) that is used in the eastern U.S. and elsewhere will NOT detect Borellia Hermsii.

Igenex has recently announced a new test for Borellia Hermsii. You can see it right on their home page.

Here is their page talking about the 2 strains of lyme and the different tests used for each one:

I learned about this while researching lyme support groups for a person in Utah who was having trouble finding a doctor to treat them for lyme.

Lymenet doesn't have any support groups listed for Utah, but I found this Utah group:

As you will see, they show in their header that the strain of lyme found in Utah is Borrelia Hermsii.

And, at their Home page, they clearly say "Lyme disease from Utah is caused by the strain Borrelia Hermsii."

Other good info for those sufferers out west is that Q Fever is also a common disease in Utah. So, sufferers need tested for that.

And, under "Stories" I found this informative statement:

"Update: A recent member of our Lyme group found an Infectious Disease doctor in California whose daughter has Lyme Disease. I contacted his office and he told me that people in higher elevations like Utah, all the way even to Minnesota, seem to have the strain Borrelia Hermsii. We had Mark tested and he was CDC positive for it. The common name for B. Hermsii is TBRF – Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever. Mark got this at LDS Cub Scout Camp, Utah!"

This is vital information for those living in these higher elevation states.

If you are in a higher elevation state and believe you may have lyme disease, be sure to get tested for TBRF. !!!

Here is a good article talking about these 2 different strains of lyme and the 2 different tests used to diagnose them:
Posted by Brussels (Member # 13480) on :

I found this, explaining symptoms.

Beware: they say it's easy to treat, not dangerous... I wonder how much of it is true.
Posted by map1131 (Member # 2022) on :
Brussels, yeah BEWARE they are lying through their teeth.

No telling how many more strains they are going to find when they really study all 50 states.


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