Epidemiology of Lyme Disease in Italy

  • Giusto Trevisan
  • Josef Simeoni
  • Paolo Conci
  • Anna Maria Bassot
  • Carla Nobile
  • Giusseppe Stinco
  • Gerolamo Bianchi
  • Guido Rovetta
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 260)

Abstract

Lyme borreliosis (LB) is a mulüsystemic disorder caused by a tick-borne spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi It is endemic in Italy, particularly in three areas: Liguria, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige. In fact almost all the patients come from North Italy, while only sporadic cases of this disease were reported in the centre and in the south of the country. In 1983 Lyme disease was first described in Italy by Crovato and Trevisan. In 1989 in Trieste the firt Italian species of Borrelia burgdorferi was isolated in a skin biopsy specimen taken from Erythema Chronicum Migrans. It was called BITS1.

Keywords

Arthritis Europe Kelly Cond Acrodermatitis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giusto Trevisan
    • 1
  • Josef Simeoni
    • 2
  • Paolo Conci
    • 2
  • Anna Maria Bassot
    • 2
  • Carla Nobile
    • 1
  • Giusseppe Stinco
    • 1
  • Gerolamo Bianchi
    • 3
  • Guido Rovetta
    • 3
  1. 1.Italian Group for the Study of Lyme Borreliosis (IGSLB)Institute of Dermatology- University of TriesteTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Italian Group for the Study of Lyme Borreliosis (IGSLB)Public Health ServiceBolzanoItaly
  3. 3.Italian Group for the Study of Lyme Borreliosis (IGSLB)Institute E. Bruzzone- Rheumatological Center- University of GenovaGenovaItaly

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