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Emerg Infect Dis. 2006 Dec;12(12):1919-23.

Modulatory effect of cattle on risk for lyme disease.

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Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany. drichter@charite.de

Abstract

To determine the effect of cattle on the risk for Lyme disease, we compared the prevalence of spirochete infection in questing vector ticks collected from a pasture with low-intensity cattle grazing with the prevalence in those collected from a site on which no cattle grazed. The presence of cattle limited the prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi s.l., but not B. miyamotoi, in vector ticks. The reintroduction of traditional, nonintensive agriculture in central Europe may help reduce risk for Lyme disease.

PMID:
17326945
PMCID:
PMC3291337
DOI:
10.3201/eid1212.051552
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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