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First report of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato in two threatened carnivores: the marbled polecat, Vormela peregusna and the European mink, Mustela lutreola (Mammalia: Mustelidae).

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Lyme disease is a widespread cosmopolitan zoonosis caused by species belonging to the genus Borrelia. It is transmitted from animal reservoir hosts to humans through hard – ticks of genus Ixodes which are vectors of the
disease.

CASE PRESENTATION:

Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato infection was identified in a marbled polecat, Vormela peregusna, and two European minks, Mustela lutreola, from Romania, by PCR. RFLP revealed the presence of a single genospecies, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto.

CONCLUSIONS:

This is the first report of the
Lyme disease spirochetes in the two mentioned hosts.

BMC Vet Res. 2012 Aug 18;8:137. doi: 10.1186/1746-6148-8-137. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t

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