A Novel and Simple Method for Laboratory Diagnosis of Relapsing Fever Borreliosis
Christer Larsson , Sven Bergström*
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2008
First Page: 10
Last Page: 12
Publisher ID: TOMICROJ-2-10
Article History:Received Date: 14/11/2007
Revision Received Date: 18/12/2007
Acceptance Date: 20/12/2007
Electronic publication date: 14/1/2008
Collection year: 2008
open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/), which permits unrestrictive use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Relapsing fever caused by Borrelia bacteria is often obscured by malaria and incorrectly treated. Here a novel method for diagnosis is presented. The method is cheap, simple and requires minimal laboratory material. Despite its simplicity, the method shows surprisingly high sensitivity, detecting concentrations less than 10 bacteria/ml blood.