Borrelia burgdorferi is a spirochete bacteria that causes Lyme
disease. It is similar in shape to theÂ spirochetes that
cause other diseases, such as relapsing fever and syphilis. (Image
courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
Review Date: 03/11/2011
Reviewed By: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., Jatin M.
Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical
School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease,
Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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