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Volume 5, Number 2—April 1999

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Genospecies Diversity of Lyme Disease Spirochetes in Rodent Reservoirs

Dania Richter*§, Stefan Endepols†, Andreas Ohlenbusch‡, Helmut Eiffert‡, Andrew Spielman§, and Franz-Rainer Matuschka*§
Author affiliations: *Medizinische Fakultät der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany; †Geschäftsbereich Tiergesundheit, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany; ‡Universitätskliniken der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany; §Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Table 1

Borrelia genospecies diversity in questing nymphal Ixodes ricinus ticks and in nymphal ticks that had fed as larvae on Norway rats, Rattus norvegicus, or yellow-necked mice, Apodemus flavicollis

Borrelia prevalence
Distribution of genospecies
Tick source No. tested % infected No. ticks tested % with Borrelia
afza gar bur
Questing 112 9 10 40 50 10
Fed on ratb 50 86 25 28 52 20
Fed on mousec 36 42 15 40 47 13

aafz,afzelii; gar, garinii; bur, burgdorferi sensu stricto.
bTicks fed on five infected rats.
cTicks fed on four infected mice.

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