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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.

Original publication

DOI

10.1128/iai.70.10.5893-5895.2002

Type

Journal article

Journal

Infect Immun

Publication Date

10/2002

Volume

70

Pages

5893 - 5895

Keywords

Animals, Arachnid Vectors, Birds, Borrelia burgdorferi, Complement Pathway, Alternative, Disease Reservoirs, Disease Vectors, Lyme Disease, Ticks