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Lyme disease - Borrelia burgdorferi organism

Lyme disease - Borrelia burgdorferi organism

Overview

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium called Borreliaburgdorferi. It is known as a spirochete because of its long, corkscrew shape. This photograph shows the typical corkscrew appearance of a spirochete. (Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

Update Date 2/27/2012