Isolation of Borrelia Spirochetes from Patients in Texas

Published Date
Journal of Clinical Microbiology
J Clin Microbiol. 1987 Jul;25(7):1148-50
Rawlings JA
Fournier PV
Teltow GJ

The Texas Department of Health Laboratory began culturing the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi in 1985. This organism was subsequently isolated from blood, cerebrospinal fluid, joint fluid, skin, bone, and autopsy tissues from humans. Fluorescent-antibody tests with murine monoclonal antibodies confirmed that seven of these isolates were B. burgdorferi and that two others belonged to the genus Borrelia.