Detection of Borrelia Genomospecies 2 in Ixodes spinipalpis Ticks Collected from a Rabbit in Canada

TitleDetection of Borrelia Genomospecies 2 in Ixodes spinipalpis Ticks Collected from a Rabbit in Canada
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsScott JD, Clark KL, Foley JE, Anderson JF, Durden LA, Manord JM, Smith ML
JournalJ Parasitol.
Volume103
Issue1
Start Page38
Date Published02/2017
Keywordsbacteria, disease, lyme, rabbits, ticks
Abstract

In the present study, we provide the first records of the western blacklegged tick, Ixodes pacificus, and Ixodes spinipalpis parasitizing eastern cottontails, Sylvilagus floridanus. Like some other borrelial strains, Borrelia genomospecies 2 can be missed by current Lyme disease serology. Health-care providers must be aware that Borrelia genomospecies 2 is present in I. pacificus and I. spinipalpis ticks in far-western North America, and patients with clinical symptoms of Lyme disease need to be assessed for potential infection with this pathogen.

URLhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27835071