Accession Number : ADA240332
Title : Lyme Disease Agent in Egypt?
Corporate Author : NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT NO 3 FPO NEW YORK 09527
Personal Author(s) : Haberberger, Richard L ; Constantine, Niel T ; Schwan, Tom G ; Woody, James N
Report Date : Feb 1989
Pagination or Media Count : 3
Abstract : We here report our findings after evaluating individuals from various geographical locations in Egypt for exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi. Our initial screening of sera collected from high-risk individuals with fever or unknown origin (FUO) or meningitis and of low-risk individuals (routine blood bank donors) as controls revealed several reactive samples. To our surprise, all reactive samples were from routine blood bank donors living in an isolated oasis of Egypt. We therefore extended our investigation by assaying 61 individuals from this location, all of whom were either blood bank donors or patients at a clinic for dermatological disorders including sexually transmitted diseases (STD). In Egypt, dermatologists generally care for patients with STDs. A commercially available indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA) assay (Lyme-check, Diagnostic Technology, Hauppauge, New York, USA) for determination of antibodies to B. burgdorferi was performed on the sera from 145 patients with FUO, STD and meningitis and from routine blood bank donors.
Descriptors : *TICKBORNE DISEASES , *EGYPT , NEW YORK , DISEASES , REACTIVITIES , SAMPLING , DIAGNOSIS(GENERAL) , ANTIBODIES , MENINGITIS , DETERMINATION , GEOGRAPHY , BORRELIA , DISEASE VECTORS , BLOOD BANKS , FLUORESCENT ANTIBODY TECHNIQUES , BLOOD DONORS , EXPOSURE(GENERAL) , POSITION(LOCATION) , FLUORESCENT DYES
Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE