Differential survival of Lyme borreliosis spirochetes in ticks that feed on birds.
Kurtenbach K., Schäfer SM., Sewell H-S., Peacey M., Hoodless A., Nuttall PA., Randolph SE.
The abilities of the most common European genospecies of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato to survive blood meals taken by ticks feeding on birds were analyzed. A pattern of differential survival of the spirochetes in feeding ticks was observed. The result is consistent with the concept of selective transmission of Lyme borreliosis spirochetes.