You’d be forgiven for thinking that scientific evidence for the persistence of tick-related bacteria causing chronic illness such as Lyme is a little thin on the ground.
There’s a growing body of evidence to say otherwise.
Even after treatment with antibiotics, some patients exposed to tick-borne diseases appear to suffer from the progressive development of symptoms.
There are two conflicting views on the cause of the disease progression.
One hypothesis is that infection is no longer present and that a self-perpetuating mechanism causes the intensification of chronic symptoms seen in these patients.
However, support is growing for a second theory which proposes that a persisting infection causes intensification of symptoms by provoking the immune system and possibly by other additional mechanisms.
And there is a mountain of peer reviewed medical journal articles supporting this view.
Dr Robert Bransfield, past president of ILADS, has accumulated a list of 700 articles citing chronic infection associated with tick-borne diseases.
The first section is a general list of articles supporting the evidence for persistent infection. The other sections support persistence as it pertains to psychiatric symptoms, dementia, autism, and congenital transmission.