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Borrelia garinii in Seabirde Ticks (Ixodes uriae), Atlantic Coast, North America


Smith, RP and Muzaffar, SB and Lavers, JL and Lacombe, EH and Cahill, BK and Lubelczyk, CB and Kinsler, A and Mathers, AJ and Rand, PW, Borrelia garinii in Seabirde Ticks (Ixodes uriae), Atlantic Coast, North America, Emerging Infectious Diseases (Print Edition), 12, (12) pp. 1909-1912. ISSN 1080-6040 (2006) [Refereed Article]


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Borrelia garinii is the most neurotropic of the genospecies of B. burgdorferi sensu lato that cause Lyme disease in Europe, where it is transmitted to avian and mammalian reservoir hosts and to humans by Ixodes ricinus. B. garinii is also maintained in an enzootic cycle in seabirds by I. uriae, a tick found at high latitudes in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. To determine whether B. garinii is present in seabird ticks on the Atlantic Coast of North America, we examined 261 I. uriae ticks by polyclonal antiborrelial fluorescent antibody. Ten of 61 ticks from Gull Island, Newfoundland, were positive for borreliae by this screen. Amplicons of DNA obtained by PCR that targeted the B. garinii rrs-rrla intergenic spacer were sequenced and matched to GenBank sequences for B. garinii. The potential for introduction of this agent into the North American Lyme disease enzootic is unknown.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecological physiology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
ID Code:78338
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:43
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2012-06-22
Last Modified:2012-09-18
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