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LABORATORY-AQUIRED INFECTIONS: Borrelia burgdorferi

Carl Tuttle
Hudson, NH, United States

Apr 11, 2019 — 

Please see the correspondence below identifying deaths from LABORATORY-AQUIRED Borrelia burgdorferi in 1976 before Lyme was formally identified.

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-------- Original Message ----------

From: CARL TUTTLE <runagain@comcast.net>
To: brett.giroir@hhs.gov, tickbornedisease@hhs.gov
Cc: (96 Undisclosed recipients)Date: April 11, 2019 at 10:43 AM

Subject: The spirochete responsible for Lyme disease was not formally identified until 1982 by Willy Burgdorfer


April 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Attn: ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health

Dr. Giroir,

Please see the attached PDF published in 1999 by the Canadian Office of Biosafety Information which was edited by the Colorado State University Office of Biosafety.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pjqxu42638071sq/Infectious%20Agent.pdf?dl=0

Excerpt:

SECTION I - INFECTIOUS AGENT

NAME: Borrelia burgdorferi

Date prepared: October 11, 1997 Prepared by- Canadian Office of Biosafety

Information edited by the Colorado State University Office of Biosafety; June 16, 1998.

From section VI:

LABORATORY-AQUIRED INFECTIONS: 45 reported cases up to 1976 with 2 deaths.

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Discussion…..

The spirochete responsible for Lyme disease was not formally identified until 1982 by Willy Burgdorfer so how did laboratory personnel become infected (and with two reported deaths) prior to 1982? Notice that “modes of transmission” identified are other than vector borne.

Were these infections acquired at Pathogen Detection Laboratories or bio-warfare facilities?

What is most disturbing here is a reported death rate of 4% for this group. The CDC recently estimated an annual 329,000 Lyme disease cases occur yearly in the U.S. and a 4% death rate would equate to 13,160 deaths annually.

Reference:

How many people get Lyme disease?
https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/humancases.html

“In this study, researchers estimated that 329,000 (range 296,000–376,000) cases of Lyme disease occur annually in the United States.”

How prevalent is death from complications of Lyme disease if no one is looking for the pathogen at the time of death? Wouldn’t it make sense to screen still births, the hearts from cardiac deaths or the brains from patients who pass from Alzheimer's disease for Borrelia infections?

If no one is looking then no one is counting.

For example: Take a look at the Microbiology Laboratory page for Brigham and Woman’s Hospital which is located in one of the highest Lyme endemic regions in America. Do you see any mention of testing for the causative agent of Lyme disease; Borrelia burgdorferi?

Brigham and Woman’s Hospital Microbiology Laboratory
https://www.brighamandwomens.org/pathology/clinical-pathology/microbiology-laboratory

It’s as if this disease is of no concern for the medical community and that needs to change Dr. Giroir as patient testimony continues to describe a disease that is destroying lives, ending careers while leaving its victim in financial ruin.

Carl Tuttle
Lyme Endemic Hudson, NH


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