Bonnie Langford Schmidt

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The laboratory diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis, the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the United States and endemic in parts of Europe and Asia, is currently based on serology with known limitations. Direct demonstration of Borrelia burgdorferi by culture may require weeks, while enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays for antigen detection often lack(More)
A nested PCR was developed for the detection of Borrelia burgdorferi-specific DNA in the urine of patients with erythema migrans. The target for the nested PCR was a specific region of the flagellin gene; the detection limit was less than five organisms of B. burgdorferi including all three species B. burgdorferi sensu stricto, B. afzelii, and B. garinii. A(More)
With the right people and properly set expectations, technical communications projects completed by telecommuters are done as well as, if not better than, projects completed by traditional office-based employees. Telecommuting requires ground rules and standards, but provides numerous benefits for employees and employers. Technical communications is an(More)
Using the fluorescent treponemal antibody-absorption (FTA-ABS) test and the solid phase haemadsorption assay (SPHA) Treponema pallidum-specific IgA was found in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with neurosyphilis but not in those with late latent syphilis. The presence of T pallidum-specific IgA in the CSF may inhibit the antitreponemal activity of(More)
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