A new study has found that Lyme disease bacteria are the primary culprit behind the spread of the illness.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that the majority of patients who tested positive for Lyme disease also had some form of the organism in their bodies.
The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, found that people with Lyme disease and those who had been infected with the bacteria also had significantly higher rates of relapsing-remitting forms of the disease.
While the researchers were able to show that bacteria, not other infectious agents, are responsible for the spread, they were not able to determine exactly how the bacteria spread.
Researchers are now looking into ways to create a vaccine against the bacteria.
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