Lyme Disease Awareness: Why lyme disease bacteria and other pathogens don’t kill the ticks they infect
The ancient arthropods we call ticks are a scourge upon humans. The bloodsucking creatures carry bacteria, viruses and parasites that enter our circulatory systems. when they latch on to our bodies for a feeding. In particular, the black legged tick spreads Lyme disease, a debilitating illness that is difficult to diagnose and treat.This is Lyme Disease Lyme Disease Awareness in patients.
Nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. were infected with the Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, in 2015. ADVERTISEMENT The fact that ticks aren’t killed by Borrelia burgdorferi or any of the other human-harming microbes they host has long puzzled scientists.“No one understands why ticks can transmit so many different pathogens,” says Joao Pedra, who studies microbiology and immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Pedra wanted to know what was happening inside the tick immune system when such an invader enters the organism.