New Species of Lyme Found

Published on Feb 5, 2016
Dr. Bobbi Pritt, Mayo Clinic, discuss how Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii (named after Will and Charlie Mayo who founded Mayo Clinic). Prior to this finding, the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America was Borrelia burgdorferi.