The top doctor in Sweden for treatment of advanced Lyme disease and co-infections has been suspended from practicing medicine, leaving hundreds of patients without care in a country with a large and growing problem of tick-borne disease.
Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the Borrelia type which is spread by ticks. The most common sign of infection is an expanding area of redness on the skin, known as erythema migrans, that begins at the site of a tick bite about a week or two after it has occurred. The rash is typically neither itchy nor painful. Approximately 30% of infected people do not develop a rash.
Co-infections are common – at least among those with chronic Lyme disease. A recently published LDo survey over 3,000 patients with chronic Lyme disease found that over 50% had coinfections, with 30% reporting two or more coinfections.
The most common co-infections were Babesia (32%), Bartonella (28%), Ehrlichia (15%) and Mycoplasma (15%).