Dr. Marina Eremeeva, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Georgia Southern University, has received a $15,000 grant from the Lyme Disease Association, Inc. to perpetuate and further characterize an important reference collection of Borrelia isolates from the southeastern USA; one primary goal is to make them available to the wider research community investigating the ecology and etiology of Lyme disease. Our collection is a unique sampling of representative Borrelia isolates from ticks, animals and human. These Borrelia spp. Are known to circulate in the southeastern USA and can be used to further the development of accurate and comprehensive information about the spatial and temporal presence and prevalence of B. burgdorferi s.I. and other Borrelia spp. In the Southeast USA, and their contribution to the risk of acquiring Lyme disease in this region areas.
[Photo: Dr. Marina Eremeeva]