— A new strain of the L. aureus that’s been found in a home in Missouri could help treat people with the illness, a state health official said Thursday.
The state health department released the new strain in a report about L.A. County’s first case of Lyme disease, which has affected 1,000 people in the county, and also the first known case of the infection in the United States.
L. aurora is the second new L. disease strain reported in the state since the outbreak began last month.
Officials in other states and abroad have reported new LAs.
In Germany, researchers are trying to develop a strain of L. abnica that is less invasive and more resistant to the disease.
In the United Kingdom, researchers have identified a strain that may work to slow the spread of the disease and could be more effective at fighting the coronavirus than a drug currently on the market.
Scientists hope that new strains of LAs, like those found in the new study, could help prevent other strains from spreading.
“If you think about the potential of a strain, you have to consider the potential for resistance, because it is so novel, and you have the potential to develop resistance to the first generation,” Dr. Jennifer Schmitt, the state health commissioner, said at a news conference.
She added that if the new LLA strain were to be successful, it would help to slow spread of other LAs in the region, which are already linked to a pandemic.
Schmitt said LAs such as L. rubrum and L. spirofuricus have already been identified, but she did not know whether the new one was the same.
Doctors have previously reported that L. lumbricoides is found in homes in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
The state health agency is testing for L. mittigii and Lactobacillus species.
It has not yet released the strain it is using, and there is no information on the potential impact of the strain on patients.
More than 2,000 cases of Lyme have been reported in California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey.
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