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The World in Medicine
May 13, 1998

Lyme Disease Crosses Pacific

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JAMA. 1998;279(18):1429. doi:10.1001/jama.279.18.1429-JWM80002-4-1

Researchers in Taiwan have reported the first laboratory-diagnosed human case of Lyme disease in their country.

The case was detected in a 45-year-old man who visited a Taipei, Taiwan, clinic in late 1996, according to researchers from the National Defense Medical Center and the National Quarantine Service in Taiwan. The man complained of an expanding skin rash and recurring bouts of swelling and pain. Blood tests indicated a high level of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

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