Diagnosis of Lyme disease in two cows by the detection of Borrelia burgdorferi DNA

Vet Rec. 2000 Apr 22;146(17):497-9. doi: 10.1136/vr.146.17.497.


Two cows from different herds in a district of Switzerland known to harbour ixodid ticks had erythematous lesions on the hairless skin of the udder, were in poor general condition with a poor appetite and decreased milk production, and had a stiff gait and swollen joints. Borrelia burgdorferi sensu strictu DNA was detected in samples of synovial fluid and milk from one of the cows and Borrelia afzelii DNA was detected in synovial fluid from the other by means of a real-time PCR.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Borrelia burgdorferi Group / genetics*
  • Borrelia burgdorferi Group / isolation & purification
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Cattle Diseases / microbiology
  • DNA, Bacterial / isolation & purification*
  • Female
  • Lyme Disease / diagnosis
  • Lyme Disease / veterinary*
  • Milk / microbiology
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / veterinary
  • Synovial Fluid / microbiology


  • DNA, Bacterial