Ecology of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato

Elena Coipan, Hein Sprong

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Components of the enzootic cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. in Europe. The various developmental stages of the ticks feed on various classes of vertebrate hosts. The competence of the vertebrates for the B. burgdorferi s.l. genospecies determines what bacteria will be taken up by the ticks feeding on them. The host preference of the tick stages and the abundance of the hosts determines the prevalence of the bacteria in the next stage of the ticks. For simplicity rodents and insectivores are grouped. Bacteria that have been shown to cause disease in humans are marked by the dark-blue frame.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcology and prevention of Lyme borreliosis
EditorsM.A.H. Braks, S.E. van Wieren, W. Takken, H. Sprong
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9789086868384
ISBN (Print)9789086862931
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2016

Publication series

NameEcology and Control of Vector-borne diseases
ISSN (Print)1875-0699


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