Researchers trying to develop better diagnostic test for Lyme disease

Researchers trying to develop better diagnostic test for Lyme disease

A team of researchers and microbiologists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) are trying to develop blood test for an early detection of tick-borne Lyme disease infection.

CDC researcher & microbiologist Claudia Molins said the test would use a "signature" of molecular patterns in the a person’s blood to help identify the Lyme infection by differentiating it from another tick-borne infection known as Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI).

While the characteristic “bull’s-eye” rash is a strong indicator of the Lyme illness, the rash is not always present with the infection. Thus, it is often difficult to be diagnosed.

According to the AP, today's best test for Lyme disease is only 40 percent accurate, so a better diagnostic tool is needed.

Speaking on the topic, Molins said, “We are trying our best to come up with something to help the diagnosis in the very early stages of this infection. Our goal really is to try to fill that gap.”

Today’s most efficient test for detecting Lyme disease is merely 40 per cent accurate. Thus, researchers are trying to find or develop a better diagnostic tool.

According to CDC, Lyme disease infects as many as 300,000 people in the United States every year. Characterized by fever, fatigue and flu-like symptoms, Lyme infection often requires a quick use of antibiotics to be stopped.