|Title||Detection of Borrelia Genomospecies 2 in Ixodes spinipalpis Ticks Collected from a Rabbit in Canada|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Scott JD, Clark KL, Foley JE, Anderson JF, Durden LA, Manord JM, Smith ML|
|Keywords||bacteria, disease, lyme, rabbits, ticks|
In the present study, we provide the first records of the western blacklegged tick, Ixodes pacificus, and Ixodes spinipalpis parasitizing eastern cottontails, Sylvilagus floridanus. Like some other borrelial strains, Borrelia genomospecies 2 can be missed by current Lyme disease serology. Health-care providers must be aware that Borrelia genomospecies 2 is present in I. pacificus and I. spinipalpis ticks in far-western North America, and patients with clinical symptoms of Lyme disease need to be assessed for potential infection with this pathogen.