Bloodmeal size and spirochete acquisition of Ornithodoros hermsi (Acari: Argasidae) during feeding.

@article{Mccoy2010BloodmealSA,
  title={Bloodmeal size and spirochete acquisition of Ornithodoros hermsi (Acari: Argasidae) during feeding.},
  author={Brandi N Mccoy and Sandra J. Raffel and Job E Lopez and T. Schwan},
  journal={Journal of medical entomology},
  year={2010},
  volume={47 6},
  pages={1164-72}
}
Ornithodoros hermsi Wheeler (Acari: Argasidae) is the vector of Borrelia hermsii, the primary cause of tick-borne relapsing fever in North America. This tick is one of the smallest Ornithodoros species involved with the biological transmission of spirochetes; yet, the amount of blood ingested while feeding is unknown. Therefore, we determined the amount of blood O. hermsi ingested during a bloodmeal to establish its potential for spirochete acquisition while feeding on an infected host. Ticks… CONTINUE READING

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