Volume 12, Number 7—July 2006
Migratory Passerine Birds as Reservoirs of Lyme Borreliosis in Europe
|No. ticks tested*||606||514||1,120|
|No. (%) positive|
|LB group†||61 (10.1)||99 (19.3)||160 (14.3)|
|RF group†||1 (0.2)||2 (0.4)||3 (0.3)|
*Quantitative polymerase chain reaction for Lyme borreliosis (LB) and relapsing fever (RF) including B. miyamotoi group spirochetes (11).
†Borrelia species was determined for 88 of 160 LB-positive samples and all 3 RF-positive samples by sequencing a partial rrs-rrl intergenic spacer region region (25) or, for B. valaisiana, a partial 16S rRNA gene (24).
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