Lyme disease (LD) is a zoonotic tick-borne illness caused by the spirochetal bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and it is the most prevalent arthropod-borne infection in the United States. A total of 22,572 human cases of Lyme disease were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2010. Dogs, cats, horses, and cattle can also suffer from LD.
It’s not well understood how Lyme disease (LD) is distributed in Texas and what mammalian, reptile and/or bird species are involved
in maintaining its enzootic cycle. There are many questions to answer and our lab would like to be part of the discovery process.