The role of medium-sized mammals as reservoirs of Borrelia burgdorferi in southern New York.

@article{Fish1990TheRO,
  title={The role of medium-sized mammals as reservoirs of Borrelia burgdorferi in southern New York.},
  author={Durland Fish and Thomas J. Daniels},
  journal={Journal of wildlife diseases},
  year={1990},
  volume={26 3},
  pages={339-45}
}
The ability of raccoons (Procyon lotor), striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) and opossums (Didelphis virginiana) to serve as reservoirs of Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochetal agent of Lyme disease, was compared with that of white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Twenty-eight (28) medium-sized mammals and 34 white-footed mice were captured in Westchester County, New York (USA) in summer 1986. Animals were caged over pans of water for 1 to 2 days to recover engorged tick larvae (Ixodes dammini… CONTINUE READING
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