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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 2

Natural infectivity for xenodiagnostic Ixodes ricinus ticks of various genospecies of Lyme disease spirochetes

No. ticks infected by Borrelia
Infected rodent Rodent 
no. afzelii garinii burgdorferi
nsu stricto
Rattus 1 2 2 1
norvegicus 2 0 3 2
(Norway rats) 3 1 4 0
4 3 2 0
5 1 2 2
Total 7 13 5
Apodemus 1 3 3 1
flavicollis 2 3 2 0
(Yellow-necked mice) 3 0 1 1
Total 6 6 2

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