Borrelia recurrentis is a species of Borrelia.
It can be associated with relapsing fever. B. recurrentis is usually transmitted from person to person via the human body louse. It has been known since the 1800s that the only known vector of Borrelia recurrentis has been the body louse.
A 2011 study found B. recurrentis DNA in 23% of head lice from patients with louse-borne relapsing fever in Ethiopia. Whether head lice can transmit these bacteria from one person to another remains to be determined.
It is notable for its ability to alter the proteins expressed on its surface. This is what causes the "relapsing" characteristic of relapsing fever.
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