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J Med Entomol. 2017 Jul 1;54(4):1088-1092. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjx062.

Isolation of the Lyme Disease Spirochete Borrelia mayonii From Naturally Infected Rodents in Minnesota.

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Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3156 Rampart Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80521.

Abstract

Borrelia mayonii is a newly described member of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex that is vectored by the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis Say) and a cause of Lyme disease in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Vertebrate reservoir hosts involved in the enzootic maintenance of B. mayonii have not yet been identified. Here, we describe the first isolation of B. mayonii from naturally infected white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus Rafinesque) and an American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus Erxleben) from Minnesota, thus implicating these species as potential reservoir hosts for this newly described spirochete.

KEYWORDS:

Borrelia mayonii; Ixodes scapularis; Lyme disease; Peromyscus leucopus; Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

PMID:
28444198
PMCID:
PMC5664935
DOI:
10.1093/jme/tjx062
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