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Willy Burgdorfer dies at 89; discovered bacteria causing Lyme disease
Willy Burgdorfer dies at 89; discovered bacteria causing Lyme disease

Willy Burgdorfer, a Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, died Monday of complications of Parkinson's disease in western Montana. He was 89. A spokesman at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton, Mont., confirmed his death. Burgdorfer, who was educated in Switzerland, went to the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton as a research fellow in 1951 and joined the staff as a medical entomologist six years later. He spent decades researching the connections between animal and human diseases caused by the bites of fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. In 1982, while he and another researcher were studying deer ticks in...

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