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1 June 2015 Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in the Black-Legged Tick, Ixodes scapularis, within Southwestern Pennsylvania
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Prevalence studies of Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum have been rare for ticks from southwestern Pennsylvania. We collected 325 Ixodes scapularis ticks between 2011 and 2012 from four counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. We tested for the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum using PCR. Of the ticks collected from Pennsylvania, B. burgdorferi (causative agent of Lyme disease) was present in 114/325 (35%) and Anaplasma phagocytophilum (causative agent of Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis) was present in 48/325 (15%) as determined by PCR analysis.

Scott M. Brown, Preston M. Lehman, Ryan A. Kern, and Jill D. Henning "Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in the Black-Legged Tick, Ixodes scapularis, within Southwestern Pennsylvania," Journal of Vector Ecology 40(1), (1 June 2015). https://doi.org/10.1111/jvec.12148
Received: 16 October 2014; Accepted: 1 February 2015; Published: 1 June 2015
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