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Adaptation of diverse lyme disease spirochetes in a natural rodent reservoir host.


We compared the relative reservoir competence of European wood mice for two genospecies of
Lyme disease spirochetes by analyzing susceptibility, intrinsic incubation period, and degree and duration of infectivity. Borrelia afzelii, specializing in particular reservoir hosts, is better adapted to those hosts than is the more generalist genospecies B. burgdorferi sensu stricto.

Infect Immun. 2004 Apr;72(4):2442-4. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t [1]