Spiders and Borrelia burgdorferi: no evidence of reservoir occurrence in central Arkansas.


BACKGROUND Although Ixodes ticks are considered the chief vector for Borrelia burgdorferi in the USA, B. burgdorferi has also been identified in mosquitoes, horse flies, and deer flies. We examined the possibility of these organisms being harbored in two species of spider in central Arkansas. METHODS Ten wolf spiders (Lycosa gulosa) and two brown recluse… (More)


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