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Université de Neuchâtel

Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato in Ticks Collected from Migratory Birds in Switzerland

Poupon, Marie-Angèle ; Lommano, Elena ; Humair, Pierre-François ; Douet, Véronique ; Rais, Olivier ; Schaad, Michael ; Jenni, Lukas ; Gern, Lise

In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2006, vol. 72, p. 976-979

The prevalence of ticks infected by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato on birds during their migrations was studied in Switzerland. A total of 1,270 birds captured at two sites were examined for tick infestation. Ixodes ricinus was the dominant tick species. Prevalences of tick infestation were 6% and 18.2% for birds migrating northward and southward, respectively. Borrelia...