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More evidence of Lyme persistence

Over 700 articles document evidence that persistent tick-borne infection contributes to chronic illness

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.



Articles on chronic infection from ticks


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.


You can download a copy of Dr Bransfield’s list of articles on tick-borne persistent infection here.


Thanks to MMI (Microbes and Mental Illness) for having posted these lists, to Dr Bransfield for his dedicated work on them, and to Bob Cowart for getting the word out.


Written by Russell Logan


Russell Logan worked as a magazine publisher and editor until forced into early retirement through ill health with ME. He has battled with moderate to severe ME for 25 years. He now lives in Noosaville, Australia.

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  1. I am going to read as much of this as I can, I have Lyme and Co infections,was not diagnosed til 6 yrs after the Tickbite/Bullseye classic rash.I was orig. Told by a local MD. “That no chance of Lyme or other TBD invthe I believed him,but this was in the time 2005
    I eventually soughtca LLMD here in the USA.Ilive in gGA. But the closest and one of msfthe better known LLMD was also an I.D. dr in N.Carolina.
    I was able to make reg. Trips for about 17 mo. .
    I Was dx. And tested positive.I underwent 15 months of heavy doses Abx. Via yIV home infusion

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