Genomic Confirmation of Borrelia garinii, United States

Natalie Rudenko, Maryna Golovchenko, Ales Horak, Libor Grubhoffer, Emmanuel F. Mongodin, Claire M. Fraser, Weigang Qiu, Benjamin J. Luft, Richard G. Morgan, Sherwood R. Casjens, Steven E. Schutzer

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Lyme disease is a multisystem disorder primarily caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. However, B. garinii, which has been identified on islands off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, is a cause of Lyme disease in Eurasia. We report isolation and whole-genome nucleotide sequencing of a B. garinii isolate from a cotton mouse (Peromyscus gossypinus) in South Carolina, USA. We identified a second B. garinii isolate from the same repository. Phylogenetic analysis does not associate these isolates with the previously described isolates of B. garinii from Canada.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-69
Number of pages6
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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