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ESCMID Study Group for Lyme Borreliosis - ESGBOR

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Tests to quickly detect and identify Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato in ticks found attached on people have been promoted by various companies.

Results may be unreliable. A negative test does not exclude a risk of Lyme borreliosis. A positive test does not reliably predict development of Lyme borreliosis and may lead to unnecessary antibiotic treatment.

In a position paper, ESGBOR explains the reasons of discouragement, the recommended measures and lists some relevant publications (also available in a German and French version).

New ESCMID Study Group

ESGBOR is a newly formed ESCMID Study Group, which starts its activities in the field of Lyme Borreliosis. The constitutional meeting was held during the 12th International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and other Tick-Borne Diseases, 28 September 2010 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Meeting Minutes



Planned Activities

  • continue to maintain the EUCALB website as an information resource, with full acknowledgment of ESCMID
  • organise periodic meetings/workshops in collaboration with other ESCMID study groups to address diagnostic and treatment issues.
  • promote specific collaborative research following the networking rationale of the EUCALB project
  • meet periodically to review and publish recommendations for the management of Lyme Borreliosis

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