Evidence has been mounting for the transmission of Lyme from mother to child in the womb. There are numerous studies on this topic, but it has long been debated, until recently, as more is now being learned about how transmission occurs and also the reported findings of other tick-borne coinfections, like babesiosis, being passed from mother to baby.
Lyme disease, carried by ticks, was first identified by researcher Willy Burgderfor in the US in the early 80s. Since the mid-70s a very large cluster of children started developing signs and symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic manifestations. You can read more about this story in Polly Murray’s book, “The Widening Circle.” Polly was the CT Mom who blew the whistle to the CT Dept of Health in 1975 as so many of the people in her neighborhood of Lyme, CT, had become very ill with all sorts of autoimmune manifestations.
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