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Research Article, J Vet Sci Med Diagn Vol: 2 Issue: 4

First Detection of Lyme Disease Spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi in Ticks Collected from a Raptor in Canada

John D Scott1*, John F Anderson2 and Lance A Durden3
1Research Division, Lyme Disease Association of Ontario, 365 St. David St. South, Fergus, Ontario, Canada
2The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT 06511, USA
3Department of Biology, Georgia Southern University, 4324 Old Register Road, Statesboro, GA 30458, USA
Corresponding author : John D Scott
Research Division, Lyme Disease Association of Ontario, 365 St. David St. South, Fergus, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 519-843-3646; Fax: 519-843-6550
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: September 13, 2013 Accepted: November 04, 2013 Published: November 08, 2013
Citation: Scott JD, Anderson JF, Durden LA (2013) First Detection of Lyme Disease Spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi in Ticks Collected from a Raptor in Canada. J Vet Sci Med Diagn 2:4. doi:10.4172/2325-9590.1000123

Abstract

First Detection of Lyme Disease Spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi in Ticks Collected from a Raptor in Canada

During a pan-Canadian tick-host study, we detected the spirochetal bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, which causes Lyme disease, in ticks collected from a raptor. Lyme disease is one of a number of zoonotic, tick-borne diseases causing morbidity and mortality worldwide. Larvae of the avian coastal tick, Ixodes auritulus, were collected by wildlife rehabilitators from a Cooper’s hawk, Accipiter cooperii, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Using PCR amplification of the linear plasmid ospA gene of B. burgdorferi, 4 (18%) of 22 larvae were positive.

Keywords: Falconiformes; Raptors; Cooper’s Hawk; Accipiter cooperii; Canada; Lyme disease; Borrelia burgdorferi; Ticks; Ixodes auritulus

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