role of grey squirrels and pheasants in the transmission of borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, the lyme disease spirochaete, in the britain, grey squirrels (sciurus carolinensis gmelin) and pheasants (phasianus colchicus linnaeus) are important hosts of larvae and nymphs of ixodes ricinus l., the principal european vector of the lyme disease spirochaete, borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. to test whether squirrels are competent hosts of b. burgdorferi s.l., three females were trapped in the wild and then held in captivity. following treatment, each animal was exposed to uninfected xenodiagnostic i. ricinus ticks. squirrel a ...19979269722
competence of pheasants as reservoirs for lyme disease spirochetes.pheasants, phasianus colchicus l., constitute a major part of the ground-feeding avifauna of england and wales and are important hosts to immature stages of ixodes ricinus l., the principal tick vector of lyme borreliosis spirochetes in europe. therefore, their competence as hosts for borrelia burgdorferi johnson, schmid, steigerwalt & brenner sensu lato was investigated. one group of pheasants was inoculated by needle with 1 x 10(6) cultured b. burgdorferi s.s. organisms, and a 2nd group of bir ...19989542349
serological evidence of exposure to zoonotic tick-borne bacteria in pheasants (phasianus colchicus).previous studies on tick-borne pathogens in the avian population have focused mainly on the detection of the agents in ticks collected from birds, but data about the presence of tick-borne bacteria in these animals are scant. the aim of the presented study was to verify the exposure to some zoonotic tick-borne bacteria, in particular, anaplasma phagocytophilum, borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, coxiella burnetii, and the rickettsia species of the spotted fever group (sfg), in pheasants (phasianus ...201728378988
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