Lyme Borreliosis, Po River Valley, Italy
Figure. Collection sites (triangles A–E) of Ixodes ricinus ticks in the counties of Milano, Pavia, and Varese, Po River Valley, Italy, 2008. Ticks were collected in rural or suburban areas of the municipalities of Somma Lombardo (collection site A), Lonate Pozzolo (B), Magenta (C, D), and Pavia (E). The 3 numbers in parentheses for each collection site indicate number of tick nymphs positive for Borrelia afzelii, number of nymphs positive for B. lusitaniae, and number of nymphs examined by PCR. The adult specimen positive for B. afzelii was collected at site D. Empty circles indicate towns with 10,000–50,000 residents; black circles indicate towns with >50,000 residents. NO, Novara; PV, Pavia; VA, Varese. Milano residents = 4 million persons.