Occurrence and transmission efficiencies of Borrelia burgdorferi ospC types in avian and mammalian wildlife.

  title={Occurrence and transmission efficiencies of Borrelia burgdorferi ospC types in avian and mammalian wildlife.},
  author={Holly B Vuong and Charles D. Canham and Dina M. Fonseca and Dustin Brisson and Peter Jay Morin and Peter E. Smouse and Richard S Ostfeld},
  journal={Infection, genetics and evolution : journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases},
Borrelia burgdorferi s.s., the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in North America, circulates among a suite of vertebrate hosts and their tick vector. The bacterium can be differentiated at the outer surface protein C (ospC) locus into 25 genotypes. Wildlife hosts can be infected with a suite of ospC types but knowledge on the transmission efficiencies of these naturally infected hosts to ticks is still lacking. To evaluate the occupancy and detection of ospC types in wildlife hosts, we… CONTINUE READING
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