The predominant pathogen was:

  • Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis (12/14), which was carried in the blood of infected patients for 10-59 days until treatment with doxycycline.
  • Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato
  • Rickettsia spp. were detected in one patient each. The B. burgdorferi-infected patient presented with fever, whereas the remaining patients were judged to have subclinical infections.
  • Borrelia miyamotoi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and Babesia spp. were not detected in any patient.

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Considering testing is abysmal, and the PCR was never intended to diagnose patients, chances are great that more patients had tick-borne illness than what is recorded in this study:

Key quote:

I’m skeptical that a PRC test is ever true.

Notice the observation of “subclinical” infections.  I would add that many cases are subclinical as well as atypical, meaning they don’t fit the textbook description.  To date nobody has really discovered what being coinfected does to the human body in terms of symptom manifestation. Some studies have found that coinfected cases are more severe:

From experience I can state that many of the coinfections I had didn’t surface until I’d been in Lyme treatment for a while.  Then, other non-Lyme symptoms reared their ugly heads and finally abated with appropriate treatment.  This isn’t even considered by mainstream medicine which continues to view this as a one-pathogen, one-drug issue which it clearly is not for many patients:

Another issue with this study is once again it assumes 10-60 days of treatment is sufficient.  Big assumption that’s been killing people or making their lives miserable.  Thromboembolic complications is hardly the only thing these poor people could have.  The list of possible complications is virtually endless.