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Failure of Ixodes ticks to inherit Borrelia afzelii infection.

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Abstract

To define conditions promoting inherited infection by
Lyme disease spirochetes in Ixodes ticks, we variously infected ticks with Borrelia afzelii and examined their progenies by dark-field microscopy, immunofluorescence, PCR, and serial passage. No episode of inherited infection was evident, regardless of instar or gender infected or frequency of exposure. We suggest that these spirochetes rarely, if ever, are inherited by vector ticks.

Appl Environ Microbiol. 1998 Aug;64(8):3089-91. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t

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