Dangerous new Lyme bacteria discovered in America

If you live in “tick country” or plan to spend any time there, I’ve got an urgent new warning you need to see before you head outdoors this spring and summer.

There’s a new bug on the block…a newly-discovered strain of the same Lyme disease bacteria you already know, loathe, and fear.

And this one might be even worse.

It’s called Borrelia mayonii, and like typical Lyme disease (caused by Borrelia burgdorferi), infection leads to headaches, fever, neck pain, and joint pain – including pain that can last for months or longer. Unlike typical Lyme, this new strain can add nausea and vomiting to the mix.

So far, deer ticks with the new strain of bacteria have been found in the upper Midwest, which is always a hotbed of Lyme disease. But with active tick populations also in the South and along both coasts – and a deer population boom that will help them spread – it’s only a matter of time before we start to see cases elsewhere.

Just don’t expect docs to recognize them.

The traditional form of Lyme is already tough to detect, in part because the main test for it is notoriously unreliable. Even the CDC has admitted as much, with the agency saying last year that Lyme cases are 10 times more common than they thought, infecting 330,000 Americans annually.

This new form of Lyme will be even tougher to spot, as B. mayonii doesn’t leave behind the telltale bulls-eye rash that mark most (but not all) bites from an infected tick.

Instead, it causes a diffuse rash over a larger area – one that could be mistaken for a skin condition, allergic reaction, or even flu, especially when combined with nausea, vomiting, pain, and fever.

As a result, the infections will almost certainly be misdiagnosed…and patients will suffer and get sicker…and your chronic Lyme infection can turn into a battle that can last for months or even years.

So if you plan to spend any time outdoors in “tick country,” take some common-sense precautions to protect yourself. Don’t venture into tall grass, wear light-colored clothing so you can spot the ticks before they have a chance to attach, and choose long sleeves, with long pants tucked into your socks.

For more on Lyme disease and how to get properly tested and treated, read this free report from my House Calls archives.