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1 July 1995 Experimental Infection of the Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys gapperi) with Borrelia burgdorferi
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Red-backed voles (Clethrionomys gapperi) were live trapped in northern St. Louis County, Minnesota (USA), in late September and October 1988 and experimentally inoculated with Borrelia burgdorferi. Spirochetes were isolated from most animals 14 and 28 days following inoculation. Thus, red-backed voles exposed to B. burgdorferi were susceptible to infection and could be a reservoir host, along with chipmunks (Tamias striatus) and other small rodents, in areas where white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) populations are low. No evidence of clinical disease was noted in any infected voles.

Bey, Loken, Wu, and Lin: Experimental Infection of the Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys gapperi) with Borrelia burgdorferi
Russell F. Bey, Keith I. Loken, Ching Ching Wu, and Tsang Long Lin "Experimental Infection of the Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys gapperi) with Borrelia burgdorferi," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 31(3), 428-431, (1 July 1995). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-31.3.428
Received: 28 September 1994; Published: 1 July 1995
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