Presence of Babesia odocoilei and Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Stricto in a Tick and Dual Parasitism of Amblyomma inornatum and Ixodes scapularis on a Bird in Canada

TitlePresence of Babesia odocoilei and Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Stricto in a Tick and Dual Parasitism of Amblyomma inornatum and Ixodes scapularis on a Bird in Canada
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsScott JD, Clark KL, Durden LA
JournalHealthcare
Volume7
Issue1
Start Page46
Date Published02/2019
KeywordsBorrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto; Lyme disease; Babesia; babesiosis; 18S rRNA gene; ticks; birds; ectoparasite; tick-borne pathogens
Abstract

Wild birds transport ticks into Canada that harbor a diversity of zoonotic pathogens. However, medical practitioners often question how these zoonotic pathogens are present in their locality. In this study, we provide the first report of an Amblyomma inornatum tick cofeeding with a blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, which parasitized a Veery, Catharus fuscescens—a neotropical songbird.

URLhttps://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/7/1/46