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Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi endemic at epicenter in Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario.

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Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi Johnson, Schmidt, Hyde, Steigerwalt, and Brenner was discovered in blacklegged ticks, Ixodes scapularis Say at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada During this 2-yr study, spirochetes were found in B. burgdorferi-positive I. scapularis larvae attached to B. burgdorferi-infected white-footed mice, Peromyscus leucopus Rafinesque. Isolates of B. burgdorferi were cultured from blacklegged tick adults, and confirmed positive with polymerase chain reaction by targeting OspA and rrf (5S)-rrl (23S) genes. These findings show an endemic area for B. burgdorferi within an established population of L. scapularis at Rondeau Provincial Park.

J Med Entomol. 2003 Jan;40(1):91-4. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t; Research Support, U.S. Gov’t, P.H.S.

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