Milford Conn. Pathologist Fires Broadside at CDC Motion to Dismiss

Carl Tuttle
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AUG 15, 2018 —

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August 15, 2018
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Milford Conn. Pathologist Fires Broadside at CDC Motion to Dismiss in Groundbreaking $57.1 Million Lyme Disease Lawsuit

Demonstrates that CDC relied on “unreliable” Wikipedia as source to discredit Dr. Lee

Milford, Conn… Sin Hang Lee, M.D., the Connecticut pathologist who, in May, filed a $57.1 million lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control, in a legal opposition to the CDC’s motion to dismiss his lawsuit, informed the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, that the CDC had relied on unverifiable, non-peer reviewed Wikipedia as a source for informational support to back its motion to dismiss.

To suppress direct detection tests for Lyme disease,” said Dr. Lee, referring to the Sanger DNA sequencing testing method that he employs, and, which is at the heart of his lawsuit, “the CDC is willing to exhaust all of its administrative remedies. When its patented metabolomics technology could not stop Sanger sequencing in science, the CDC told its lawyers to look up Wikipedia for help in a motion to dismiss my lawsuit.”

In 2013, after testing two panels of Lyme disease reference serum samples from the CDC by Sanger sequencing, Dr. Lee informed the CDC that some of the archived serum samples taken from patients with Lyme disease in fact were positive for Borrelia miyamotoi and a novel unnamed relapsing fever borrelia, and published the data in a peer-reviewed article. Years later, the CDC claimed in social media that Dr. Lee published “inconsistent results”  while promoting its own, newly patented, unproven metabolomics technology for diagnosis of Lyme disease.

In order to deny the facts that clinical Lyme disease may be caused by a diversity of borrelial strains of bacteria, the CDC instructed its lawyers to quote Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia with no peer review, as the alternative science to discredit Dr. Lee’s work in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The CDC attorneys then filed the following with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims:

“However, Borrelia miyamotoi is not a causative agent of Lyme disease. Wikipedia, miyamotoi p. 1 (“Although infection [with Borrelia miyamotoi] can cause some similar symptoms [as Lyme disease] including fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches, acute Lyme disease often presents with rash, while infection with B. miyamotoi does not; it remains unclear whether B. miyamotoi causes a relapsing fever syndrome”).

In the PLAINTIFF’S RESPONSE TO MOTION TO DISMISS filed on August 13, 2018, Dr. Lee’s attorney, Mary Alice Moore Leonhardt, countered with the following statement:

“The Defendant relied on the inherently unreliable website Wikipedia in its attempt to discredit Dr. Lee, rather than the CDC’s own data. The CDC expressly acknowledges that Borrelia miyamotoi causes hard tick relapsing fever and Borrelia miyamotoi infection causes fever, chills and headache which are common symptoms in Lyme disease, and may cause skin rash in about 8% of the patients (4/51). (CDC, Borrelia miyamotoi Disease, available at
CDC, B. miyamotoi, available at Thus, Dr. Lee’s test results detected the presence of two tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease and a disease that presents in similar ways to Lyme disease. These results were 100% accurate as confirmed through the DNA sequencing with the Gene Bank.”
The CDC should come out to debate the science and technology in direct detection testing for the diagnosis of Lyme disease instead of hiding behind a wall of lawyers and Wikipedia encyclopedia,” said Dr. Lee. “Accurate diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis must not be stopped by CDC lawyers.”

* The official documents with Appendix filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims can be accessed through the Drop Box. Complete filing here:

Milford Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory:  
Milford Medical Laboratory offers the first reliable DNA test for Lyme disease bacteria and B. miyamotoi, the spirochete causing a Lyme disease-like infection.

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