Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lyme wins award for most important bacterium discovery

The Medscape Awards in Infectious Diseases: The Most Important Discovery of a New Bacterium (1980-2012)

The Medscape Awards in Infectious Diseases
Medscape Infectious Diseases, 2012-06-01

You have to join up (it's free) to read the article, but it's worth it. You will get lots of other health news, too. You can also vote for a bacterium. Please vote for Borrelia. Perhaps we Lymies can tip the scales. 

What do you believe was the most important discovery of a new bacterium during the time period 1980-2012?
 Your Colleagues Responded:

1982: Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease)

1982: Escherichia coli O157:H7 (hemorrhagic colitis)

1983: Helicobacter pylori (peptic ulcer disease)

1986: Chlamydia pneumoniae (atypical pneumonia)

1999: Bartonella henselae (cat-scratch disease)

2000: Tropheryma whipplei (Whipple disease)

2000: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (USA 300 strain)

2000: Clostridium difficile NAP-1 strain (C difficile epidemic)

Other: If not listed here, tell us about your choice in the Discussion

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