The Curious Biowarfare Research History of Willy Burgdorfer, Namesake of Lyme Disease


Jerry Leonard



Excerpt from:


Biological Warfare Experiment on American Citizens Results in Spreading Pandemic!


Published in the Public Health Alert (September, 2011)

In the 1950s, Willy Burgdorfer, who isolated the tick-vectored Lyme disease spirochete and for whom the causative Borrelia is named,[1] worked on artificially forcing Borrelia disease agents (like relapsing fever Borrelias) to infect new tick vectors. (Burgdorfer then used these artificially infected ticks in attempts to infect lab animals.[2])


He also published papers describing the "occult infections" due to these relapsing fever spirochete disease agents.[3] In parallel with these studies, he developed production-like methods for transferring diseases to Ixodid ticks,[4] the same species that spreads the occult Borrelia infection initially called Lyme disease, which Burgdorfer later compared to the relapsing fever Borrelias he had studied.[5]


The lab he conducted this research in and which later isolated the Lyme spirochete[6] is now a “biosafety level 4” biowarfare research facility,[7] just like the biowarfare lab at the epicenter of the Lyme Epidemic (Plum Island Animal Disease Center), which conducted outdoor tick research and is suspected of being the source of the Lyme Epidemic. [8]


Given the manner in which Lyme disease broke out and the deadly manner in which it has been intentionally mismanaged ever since, hard questions must be asked:


  • When Burgdorfer was developing techniques to artificially expand the host-range of Borrelias to new tick species, and then to lab animals, was he in fact conducting biological warfare research at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory?

  • Did this research feed in to the tick research that was conducted at Plum Island Animal Disease Center, the outdoor biowar test facility for such insect vectors? And was Plum Island,the outdoor test facility for Fort Detrick, the center of the U.S. biological warfare effort?

  • Was the causative agent of Lyme disease later “discovered” by a military epidemiologist as part of a suspected public relations/containment effort to control information about the burgeoning epidemic and its ties to the military?

  • Did this effort surrounding the so-called "natural" outbreak of a zoonotic agent lead to an experimental vaccine effort (orchestrated by CDC/EIS biowarfare agents) similar to that which happened in Egypt, when human vaccine experiments were conducted after the "natural" outbreak of Rift Valley fever virus, an outbreak that occurred in the same time-frame as the Lyme disease outbreak?


In the time period leading up to the Lyme Epidemic, Burgdorfer worked for the military in a capacity consistent with this hypothesis: He was a member of the Armed Forces Epidemiology Board investigating insect vectored diseases.[9] The disastrous non-response to the Lyme Epidemic has been orchestrated by military epidemiologists using their influence in the government, medical infrastructure and media. Was Willy Burgdorfer part of this non-response to the devastating disease named after him?


At a time when desperate patients and persecuted doctors need all the information they can get about the true nature of Lyme disease, Willy Burgdorfer has coyly stated, on film, that he hasn’t told us everything he knows about the disease.


What are you hiding Willy?


Why don’t you tell us what you know?


Until you do, you have the Borrelia BURGDORFERi-infected blood of millions on your hands.

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Jerry Leonard is a Lyme disease patient and author. He has written three books on unethical medical experiments conducted by the government -- including experiments involving the systematic injection of tumor cells and monkey cancer virus in humans so that model forms of cancer could be induced and maintained in human subjects for vaccine research. For an overview of Jerry’s work, see:

America’s Secret Weapons:

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Why Can't Willy Burgdorfer Talk About The Disease That's Named After Him?

Are they trying to hide something?

The Namesakes of the Lyme Disease Organism and Its Culturing Medium Worked in a Biowarfare Lab

One became a military epidemiologist, the other a director of a biowarfar lab.

According to the literature...

Somehow a highly pathogenic clone
of borrelia found in Ixodid ticks

"dispersed rapidly and widely in the recent past"

causing an epidemic of Lyme disease

(centered around a biowarfare lab).

Where did this pathogenic clone come from???

According to another report,

this pathogenic borrelia clone and its tick vector

to have evolved independently...

It's almost as if experimental borrelia organisms were artificially fed to Ixodid ticks

in a biowarfare lab

and then leaked to the surrounding area.

Where might that have happened?


Background & Historical Context Relevant To The Lyme Epidemic


[1] The borrelia agent that causes Lyme disease was named Borrelia burgdorferi (or Bb) after Willy Borgderfer and other Rocky Mountain Lab researchers published the first papers on it. See: Burgdorfer W, Barbour A.G., Hayes S.F., Benach J.L., Grunwaldt E, and Davis J.P., "Lyme disease-a tick-borne spirochetosis?," Science,  June 18, 1982;216(4552):1317-9.

[2] Burgdorfer forced a relapsing fever borrelia known as B. Latchevi, found naturally in an argasid tick species known as O. tartakovskyi, to infect a species of tick known as O. moubata, which had been transported to the Rocky Mountain lLab from the Congo. Burgdorfer fed the moubata ticks on mice that had been infected with the borrelia by the borrelia’s natural host O. tartakovskyi. Serial passage of the borrelia was carried out by injecting other mice with the blood of the tick-infected mice. Attempts were then made to infect other lab animals by allowing the newly infected tick species under study, O. moubata, to feed on infected mice and then healthy mice and rabbits. It was found that the moubata tick could be readily infected through diseased animals but could not pass the infection on to the healthy animals by feeding on them.

Burgdorfer, W, and Davis, G.E., "Experimental infection of the African relapsing fever tick, Ornithodoros moubata (Murray), with Borrelia latychevi (Sofiev)," J Parasitol. August 1954; 40(4):456-60.

[3] Burgdorfer, W., "On the 'Occult' Infection in Relapsing Fevers," Bull. Soc. Pathol. Exot., 1954;  47: 664-667.

[4] "The described feeding technique provides an excellent artifice for experimental infection of Ixodid ticks with viruses or other pathogens. To a great extent it eliminates the use of expensive laboratory animals which in the past had to serve as blood donors for the infection of these arthropods. Because of irregular feeding habits of the Ixodidae, it is impossible to obtain uniformly infected ticks for experimental studies, a difficulty which can be overcome by use of the technique here described. ...This technique, furthermore, is of great value in studies on the transmission of disease agents." Willy Burgdorfer, "Artificial Feeding of Ixodid Ticks for Studies on the Transmission of Disease Agents," J Infect Dis. , May-Jun 1957;100(3):212-4.

[5] “The results suggest that B. burgdorferi in its animal hosts and possibly also in humans causes prolonged spirochetemias characterized by episodes of alternating high and low concentrations of spirochetes as reflected by similar percentages of infected ticks. The long persistence of spirochetes in the peripheral blood stream and the cyclical form of Lyme borreliosis appear to be related, as in relapsing fevers, to the capacity of B. burgdorferi to undergo antigenic variations.” Willy Burgdorfer,W and T.G. Schwan, "Lyme Borreliosis: A Relapsing Fever-Like Disease?," Scand J Infect Dis Suppl. 1991;77:17-22.

[6] “The causes of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease were discovered at RML.” Carlotta Grandstaff, "Bush’s War on Terrorism Comes West,",

[9] “Throughout his career, Dr. Burgdorfer participated in a number of WHO and other health organization-sponsored seminars and congresses. From 1967-1972, he served as associate member on the Rickettsial Commission of the Armed Forces Epidemiology Board. For several years (1968-1971) he was also co-project officer of the PL 480-sponsored Research Project on Rickettsial Zoonoses in Egypt and adjacent areas, and from 1979 to 1986, he directed the WHO-sponsored Reference Center for Rickettsial Diseases at RML in Montana, U.S.A.” Source: