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Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of
Lyme borreliosis, can infect both mammals and birds. The purpose of the present survey was to determine the presence of antibodies against B. burgdorferi in different populations of pigeons. 1043 sera from pigeons (carrier-, urban-, show-pigeons) were examined by standard serological methods. B.burgdorferi shows crossreaction with B. anserina. Therefore all sera were evaluated by IFAT and ELISA for both Borrelia species. The results demonstrate no evidence for the pigeons (Columba livia var. domestica vel urbana) to be reservoir for Borrelia burgdorferi.