Genetic diversity of Borrelia garinii from Ixodes uriae collected in seabird colonies of the northwestern Atlantic Ocean

TitleGenetic diversity of Borrelia garinii from Ixodes uriae collected in seabird colonies of the northwestern Atlantic Ocean
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMunro HJ, Ogden NH, Mechai S, Lindsay LR, Robertson GJ, Whitney H, Lang AS
JournalTicks Tick Borne Dis
VolumeS1877-959X
Issue18
Pagination30513-2
Date Published06/2019
Keywordsborrelia, ixodes, MLST, North Atlantic Ocean, Population structure, seabirds
Abstract

Our findings highlight the genetic complexity of B. garinii circulating in seabird ticks and their avian hosts but also demonstrate surprisingly close connections between B. garinii in this ecosystem and terrestrial sources in Eurasia. Genetic similarities among B. garinii from seabird ticks and humans indicate the possibility that B. garinii circulating within seabird tick-avian host transmission cycles could directly, or indirectly via connectivity with terrestrial transmission cycles, have consequences for human health.

URLhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1877959X18305132?via%3Dihub