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Volume 16, Number 3—March 2010

Research

Blood Meal Analysis to Identify Reservoir Hosts for Amblyomma americanum Ticks

Brian F. AllanComments to Author , Lisa S. Goessling, Gregory A. Storch, and Robert E. Thach
Author affiliations: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA (B.F. Allan, L.S. Goessling, R.E. Thach); St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis (G.A. Storch)

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Table 4

Identification of host DNA in questing Amblyomma americanum nymphs, Missouri, USA, 2005 and 2007–2008

Host data 2005 2007 2008 All
No. nymphs analyzed (no. hosts identified) 75 (33) 489 (240) 819 (596) 1,383 (869)
No (%) nymphs
Ruminantia 5 (15.2) 147 (61.3) 237 (39.8) 389 (44.8)
Galliformes 4 (12.1) 16 (6.7) 77 (12.9) 97 (11.2)
Passeriformes 1 (3.0) 17 (7.1) 76 (12.8) 94 (10.8)
Sciurus 17 (51.5) 13 (5.4) 65 (10.9) 95 (10.9)
Leporidae 3 (9.1) 3 (1.3) 15 (2.5) 21 (2.4)
Squamata/testudines 0 15 (6.3) 3 (0.5) 18 (2.1)
Canidae 0 1 (0.4) 7 (1.1) 8 (0.9)
Leporidae/carnivora 0 0 3 (0.5) 3 (0.3)
Sigmodontinae 1 (3.0)
1 (0.4)
1 (0.2)
3 (0.3)
Mixed 2 (6.1) 27 (11.3) 112 (18.8) 141 (16.2)

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