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Widespread dispersal of Borrelia burgdorferi-infected ticks collected from songbirds across Canada.Abstract Millions of Lyme disease vector ticks are dispersed annually by songbirds across Canada, but often overlooked as the source of infection. For clarity on vector distribution, we sampled 481 ticks (12 species and 3 undetermined ticks) from 211 songbirds (42 species/subspecies) nationwide. Using PCR, 52 (29.5%) of 176 Ixodes ticks tested were positive for the Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. Immature blacklegged ticks, Ixodes scapularis, collected from infested songbird ...201121864130
people, pets, and parasites: one health surveillance in southeastern saskatchewan.residents of remote and indigenous communities might experience higher exposure to some zoonotic parasites than the general north american population. human sero-surveillance conducted in two saulteaux communities found 113 volunteers exposed as follows: trichinella (2.7%), toxocara canis (4.4%), echinococcus (4.4%), and toxoplasma gondii (1.8%). in dogs, 41% of 51 fecal samples were positive for at least one intestinal parasite, 3% of 77 were sero-positive for borrelia burgdorferi, and 21% of 7 ...201424639298
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