Bird-feeding ticks transstadially transmit Borrelia burgdorferi that infect Syrian hamsters.

@article{Anderson1990BirdfeedingTT,
  title={Bird-feeding ticks transstadially transmit Borrelia burgdorferi that infect Syrian hamsters.},
  author={John Flake Anderson and Louis A. Magnarelli and Kirby C. Stafford},
  journal={Journal of wildlife diseases},
  year={1990},
  volume={26 1},
  pages={1-10}
}
Bird-feeding Ixodes dammini ticks were documented for the first time to successfully molt and transstadially pass Borrelia burgdorferi spirochetes that were indistinguishable by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis from the type B31 strain. Forty-six of 73 blood-engorged larvae and 50 of 66 fully-fed nymphs, removed from wild-caught birds, successfully molted. Borreliae were isolated from 21 of 78 partially- and fully-fed larvae off birds, including six specimens that… CONTINUE READING

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