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1 January 2003 Lyme Disease Spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi Endemic at Epicenter in Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario
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The 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 I. scapularis at Rondeau Provincial Park.

Muhammad G. Morshed, John D. Scott, Keerthi Fernando, Robert B. Mann, and Lance A. Durden "Lyme Disease Spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi Endemic at Epicenter in Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario," Journal of Medical Entomology 40(1), 91-94, (1 January 2003). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585-40.1.91
Received: 15 April 2002; Accepted: 1 June 2002; Published: 1 January 2003
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