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Volume 7, Number 3—June 2001


Borrelia lonestari DNA in Adult Amblyomma americanum Ticks, Alabama

Thomas R. Burkot*, Gary R. Mullen†, Renee Anderson†, Bradley S. Schneider*, Christine M. Happ*, and Nordin S. Zeidner*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA; †Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA

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Ticks collected in Choctaw County, Alabama

Amblyomma americanum
A. maculatum
Ticks analyzed Adult male Adult female Nymphs Adult male Adult female
Controlsa 11b 2 44 6 12
Total 12 7 183 13 13

aDenotes ticks collected near the homes of persons not diagnosed with southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI).
bPositive results as demonstrated by amplification of the flagellin gene of Borrelia lonestari. A single positive tick was found among 11 adult male A. americanum males collected near the homes of controls and 1 of 5 adult females collected near the homes of STARI controls was positive.
cDenotes ticks collected near the homes of persons diagnosed with STARI.

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