7 years of blood-based testing for tick-borne infections other than Lyme disease

CME Pending. This course provides a summary of a seven year experience of laboratory blood-based testing for tick-borne infections other than Lyme disease at a National Reference Laboratory and is intended to help guide clinical assessment of symptoms and diagnostic testing for tick-borne illnesses. 


Elizabeth Lee-Lewandrowski, PhD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

This CME is intended to help clinicians decide when to test for tick-borne infections, based on symptoms, geographic location, timing, and organism infection rates. Content for this free course was compiled by a team of pathologists, clinicians, and informaticists who analyzed Quest Laboratories’ U.S. patient data from 2010 to 2016, along with CDC tick-borne disease case reports. This concise, data-driven overview will help clinicians quickly decide which tests to order after a tick-bite, potentially speeding up treatment decisions and saving lives.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Learning objectives:

  1. Learners will be able to describe the most common non-Lyme tick-borne illnesses
  2. Learners will be able to describe the relative frequency of non-Lyme tick-borne illnesses reported to the CDC  
  3. Learners will be able to understand the potential role of reference laboratory data to monitor tick-borne diseases
  4. Learners will have increased awareness of the most appropriate laboratory tests for non-Lyme tick-borne illnesses.

Evidence-based bibliography for further study


• Elizabeth Lee-Lewandrowski, PhD, MPH, Zhen Chen, MS, John Branda, MD, Jason Baron, MD, Harvey W Kaufman, MD, Laboratory Blood-Based Testing for Non-Lyme Disease Tick-Borne Infections at a National Reference Laboratory: A Seven-Year Experience, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Volume 153, Issue 1, January 2020, Pages 139–145, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcp/aqz139.

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 2 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate