|Description:||Under a high magnification, this digitally-colorized scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicts three Gram-negative, anaerobic, Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which had been derived from a pure culture.|
This pathogenic organism is responsible for causing the illness, Lyme disease, a zoonotic, vector-borne, ailment, transmitted to humans by way of a tick bite.B. burgdorferi belongs to a group of bacteria, called spirochetes, whose appearance resembles a coiled spring.
Lyme disease patients who are diagnosed early and receive proper antibiotic treatment usually recover rapidly and completely. A key component of early diagnosis is recognition of the characteristic Lyme disease rash called erythema migrans. This rash often takes a “bull's-eye” appearances and is observed in about 80% of Lyme disease patients.