Special Issue "Lyme Disease: Companion Diagnostics and Precision Medicine"

A special issue of Diagnostics (ISSN 2075-4418). This special issue belongs to the section "Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Raphael B. Stricker
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Guest Editor
Union Square Medical Associates, San Francisco, CA, USA
Interests: Tickborne diseases, immunodeficiency diseases, immunological infertility
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Lyme disease, caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, has become a worldwide pandemic. The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 476,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the USA alone, and other studies show that as many as two-thirds of individuals infected with B. burgdorferi will fail conventional 40-year-old antibiotic therapy. Recent reports have highlighted the diversity and complexity of Lyme disease and related tick-borne coinfections, including B. burgdorferi and relapsing fever Borrelia species, Babesia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Bartonella, Rickettsia, and Powassan virus. Consequently, improved companion diagnostic tests and novel treatment approaches for Lyme disease and related tick-borne coinfections are urgently needed to combat the pandemic. In particular, the principles of precision medicine using accurate diagnostic testing and effective “designer drug” treatment need to be applied to tick-borne diseases. This Special Issue of Diagnostics examines the use of Big Data registries, companion diagnostics, and precision medicine that will revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and related tick-borne coinfections in the coming years.

Dr. Raphael B. Stricker
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Lyme disease
  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • tick-borne coinfections
  • persistent infection
  • companion diagnostics
  • precision medicine

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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