Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

Volume 20, Number 8—August 2014


Etymologia: Borrelia miyamotoi

Suggested citation for this article

Borrelia miyamotoi [bə-relʹe-ə miʺa-mo-toʹe]

A genus of gram-negative, anaerobic spirochete bacteria, Borrelia was named after French biologist Amédée Borrel. In 1995, Masahito Fukunaga et al. isolated a novel Borrelia species and named it Borrelia miyamotoi, in honor of Kenji Miyamoto, who first isolated spirochetes from ixodid ticks in Hokkaido, Japan. Human cases of B. miyamotoi infection were subsequently found in Russia in 2011 and North America in 2013.


  1. Branda JA, Rosenberg ES. Borrelia miyamotoi: a lesson in disease discovery. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:612 . DOIPubMed
  2. Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary. 32nd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders; 2012.
  3. Fukunaga M, Takahashi Y, Tsuruta Y, Matsushita O, Ralph D, McCelland M, Genetic and phenotypic analysis of Borrelia miyamotoi sp. nov., isolated from the ixodid tick Ixodes persulcatus, the vector for Lyme disease in Japan. Int J Syst Bacteriol. 1995;45:80410. DOIPubMed

Suggested citation for this article: Etymologia: Borrelia miyamotoi. Emerg Infect Dis [Internet]. 2014 Aug [date cited].

DOI: 10.3201/eid2008.ET2008

Related Links

Table of Contents – Volume 20, Number 8—August 2014