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Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2015 Nov;15(11):701-5. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2015.1854. Epub 2015 Oct 26.

Surveillance for Borrelia burgdorferi in Ixodes Ticks and Small Rodents in British Columbia.

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1
1 British Columbia Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory , Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada .
2
2 University of British Columbia , Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada .
3
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , Fort Collins, Colorado.
4
4 British Columbia Centre for Disease Control , Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada .
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5 British Columbia Ministry of Health , Victoria, British Columbia, Canada .

Abstract

To determine the prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in British Columbian ticks, fieldwork was conducted over a 2-year period. In all, 893 ticks (Ixodes pacificus, I. angustus, I. soricis, Ixodes spp., and Dermacentor andersoni) of different life stages were retrieved from 483 small rodents (Peromyscus maniculatus, Perognathus parvus, and Reithrodontomys megalotis). B. burgdorferi DNA was detected in 5 out of 359 tick pools, and 41 out of 483 mice were serologically confirmed to have antibodies against B. burgdorferi. These results were consistent with previous studies, data from passive surveillance in British Columbia, and data from neighboring states in the Pacific Northwest, suggesting a continually low prevalence of B. burgdorferi in British Columbia ticks.

KEYWORDS:

Borrelia burgdorferi; Lyme disease; Mice; PCR; Surveillance; Ticks

PMID:
26502354
PMCID:
PMC4652138
DOI:
10.1089/vbz.2015.1854
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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