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Seasonal variation of transmission risk of Lyme disease and human babesiosis.

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Abstract

The seasonal host-seeking pattern of nymphal Ixodes dammini infected with Babesia microti or Borrelia burgdorferi was determined on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, during 1985. The peak period of host-seeking by infected nymphal I. dammini occurred in May and June. On a per person-hour basis, the number of infected ticks collected reached a maximum in May (Babesia = 17.3; Borrelia = 16.2). The number of infected ticks remained high in June, but decreased notably in July, August, and September. Transmission risk of the tick-borne etiologic agents of
Lyme disease and human babesiosis in Massachusetts is greatest during the late spring-early summer months of May and June.

Am J Epidemiol. 1987 Dec;126(6):1187-9. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t; Research Support, U.S. Gov’t, P.H.S.

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