competence of a migratory bird, red-bellied thrush (turdus chrysolaus), as an avian reservoir for the lyme disease spirochetes in evaluate the competence of migratory birds as reservoirs for the lyme disease spirochetes, we examined two species of migrants, red-bellied thrush (turdus chrysolaus) and black-faced bunting (emberiza spodocephala) in nemuro, the northern part of japan. spirochetes were found in four individual birds out of 11 t. chrysolaus, three isolates were detected from the skins and the other one was obtained from the liver. no spirochete was found to be infected in 20 e. spodocephala. as far as we know ...19979140513
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