Borrelia miyamotoi

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Spirochaetes
Class: Spirochaetes
Order: Spirochaetales
Family: Spirochaetaceae
Genus: Borrelia
Species: B. miyamotoi
Binomial name
Borrelia miyamotoi
Fukunaga et al. 1995

Borrelia miyamotoi is a spirochete bacteria and member of the genus Borrelia.[1] A zoonotic bacteria, B. miyamotoi can be transferred to humans through the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), the same tick species that spreads B. burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, and Babesia microti, the causative agent of babesiosis. Although infection can cause some similar symptoms including fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches, acute Lyme disease often presents with rash while infection with B. miyamotoi does not; it remains unclear whether B. miyamotoi causes a relapsing fever syndrome.[2]


  1. ^ Platonov, AE (2011). "Humans Infected with Relapsing Fever Spirochete Borrelia miyamotoi, Russia". Emerg Infect Dis (Epub ahead of print). doi:10.3201/eid1710.101474. 
  2. ^ Branda, John A.; Rosenberg, Eric S. (July 2013). "Borrelia miyamotoi: A Lesson in Disease Discovery". Annals of Internal Medicine 159 (1): 61–62. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-159-1-201307020-00009.