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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 5

Blood meal source in pathogen-positive Amblyomma americanum nymphs, Missouri, USA, 2005 and 2007–2008

Host No. A. americanum nymphs infected
Ehrlichia chaffeensis E. ewingii Borrelia lonestari
Ruminantia 8 12 4
Sciurus 2 3 1
Leporidae 1 1 0
Passeriformes 0 1 1
Squamata/testudines 0 0 1
Mixed 4 6 2
Not identified
4
8
9
Total 19 31 18

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