Applied & Environmental Microbiology 2010

Genotypic diversity of Borrelia burgdorferi detected in Ixodes scapularis larvae collected from North American songbirds

RJ Brinkerhoff, SJ Bent, CM Folsom O’Keefe, AG Hoen, K Tsao, A Barbour, MA Diuk-Wasser

Abstract: We genotyped Borrelia burgdorferi detected in larvae of Ixodes scapularis removed from songbirds and compared them with those found in host-seeking I. scapularisnymphs sampled throughout the eastern U.S. Birds are capable of transmitting most known genotypes, albeit at different frequencies than expected based on genotypes found among host-seeking nymphs.