To estimate the natural foci value of Lyme disease in the Donglingshan mountain area of Beijing, China, rodents and engorged ticks were collected and examined for the Lyme disease pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi, by PCR. Results indicate that Ixodes persulcatus is the principal vector tick transmitting B. burgdorferi, while Apodemus agrarius and A. peninsulae may be the chief reservoirs of this disease. The natural foci value of Lyme disease in the Donglingshan area was about 0.3279 during the second season.
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