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 (bə-rĕl′ē-ə, -rē′lē-ə)
Any of various spirochetes of the genus Borrelia that are pathogens of humans, other mammals, and birds, including the causal agents of Lyme disease and relapsing fever.

[New Latin, after Amédée Borrel (1867-1936), French bacteriologist.]


(bəˈrɛlɪə; bəˈrɛljə)
a genus of helical spirochete bacteria, some causing relapsing fever
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Noun1.borrelia - cause of e.g. European and African relapsing fever
spirochaete, spirochete - parasitic or free-living bacteria; many pathogenic to humans and other animals
genus Borrelia - small flexible parasitic spirochetes having three to five wavy spirals
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Borrelia burgdorferi, es una espiroqueta reconocida como el agente etiologico de la enfermedad de Lyme (1), se transmite al hombre a traves de la picadura de garrapatas del genero Ixodes y se caracteriza desde el punto de vista clinico por la aparicion de un cuadro multisistemico con afectacion de varios organos como piel, articulaciones, sistema nervioso central y corazon (2).
The tick specimens were tested for the presence of Borrelia species (spirochete) using PCR amplification.
We developed a homogeneous GenomEra PCR assay for Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, a species complex of tick-transmitted spirochetes causing Lyme borreliosis (6).
Borrelia are spiral shaped bacteria called spirochetes that is spread by the bite of a hard bodied deer ticks.
burgdorferi group and the Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever Borrelia group.
Contract award notice: Elisa and western - blot assays for antibody determination against borrelia with leased equipment for the central laboratory in the health care team in debica.
Lyme disease is a zoonosis caused by Spirochetes called Borrelia burgdorferi, involving several areas, such as the skin, heart and central nervous system.
We describe a case of culture-confirmed TBRF caused by Borrelia turicatae acquired by an Army soldier during a military training exercise in Texas, USA.
burgdorferi sensu lato complex or Lyme borrelia and is transmitted by Ixodes spp ticks (1).
Two groups of Borrelia, the Borrelia burgdorferi group that causes Lyme disease and the relapsing fever Borrelia group that cause relapsing fever, are found in similar habitats and overlapping locations worldwide.
The new research follows up on a previous study suggesting that modified microscopy techniques (LM-method) could detect active cases of Lyme disease (caused by Borrelia bacteria) and Babesia (a tick-borne malaria-like parasite) in just one to two days.
A new species of Borrelia has been linked to a variant of Lyme disease with symptoms that differ somewhat from typical Lyme borreliosis.