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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these diseases as potential bioterrorism agents.".
The disease is caused by the parasite Borrelia, which has well over three hundred known genomic strains but is usually cultured as Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia afzelii or Borrelia garinii. Different Borrelia strains are predominant in Europe and North America.
The disease has been found to be transmitted to humans by the bite of infected Ixodes ticks. Not all ticks carry or can transmit this particular disease.
Borrelia burgdorferi resembles other spirochetes in that it is a highly specialized, motile, two-membrane, spiral-shaped bacterium which lives primarily as an extracellular pathogen. One of the most striking features of Borrelia burgdorferi as compared with other eubacteria is its unusual genome, which includes a linear chromosome approximately one megabase in size and numerous linear and circular plasmids.
Long-term culture of Borrelia burgdorferi results in a loss of some plasmids and changes in expressed protein profiles. Associated with the loss of plasmids is a loss in the ability of the organism to infect laboratory animals, suggesting that the plasmids encode key genes involved in virulence.
Borrelia burgdorferi may persist in humans and animals for months or years following initial infection, despite a robust humoral immune response. Borrelia burgdorferi is susceptible to antibiotics in vitro. However, there are contradictory reports as to the efficacy of antibiotics in vivo. While prompt treatment leads to full recovery in terms of signs and symptoms in the majority of cases, questions have arisen in regard to complete eradication of the bacterium from the host. Numerous studies have demonstrated persistence of infection despite repeated courses of antibiotic therapy.
Originally posted by Kwyjibo
This thread was about the possibility of lyme disease being a bio-weapon.
Hopefully sometime in the future someone will be able to clear it up so that I can give blood and have offspring (or intercourse) without worrying about passing a possible bioweapon.
Lyme disease has been transmitted to people from ticks for ever. Lyme disease is NOT a bio weapon at all.
There is no evidence, none, that Lyme is been weaponzied in any form or fashion. We live in an ocean of micro organism. They are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and any surface we touch. People got sick from micro organism eons before anyone thought about making a weapon out of one.
How did you arrive at this conclusion
A former employee at Plum Island in the 1950’s has personal recollection of a “Nazi scientist” releasing ticks outdoors on Plum Island. “Traub might have monitored the tests. A source who worked on Plum Island in the 1950’s recalls that animal handlers and a scientist released ticks outdoors on the island. ‘They called him the Nazi scientist, when they came in, in 1951—they were inoculating these ticks,’ and a picture he once saw ‘shows the animal handler pointing to the area on Plum where they released the ticks.’ Dr. Traub’s World War II handiwork consisted of aerial virus sprays developed on Insel Riems and tested over occupied Russia, and of field work for Heinrich Himmler in Turkey. Indeed, his colleagues conducted bug trials by dropping live beetles from planes. An outdoor tick trial would have been de rigueur for Erich Traub.” (Ibid.; pp. 15-16.)