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First Record of Lyme Disease Borrelia in the Arctic
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. (Sjölin)
2007 (English)In: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, ISSN 1530-3667, E-ISSN 1557-7759, Vol. 7, no 3, 453-456 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The epidemiology and ecology of Lyme disease is very complex, and its reported geographical distribution is constantly increasing. Furthermore, the involvement of birds in long distance dispersal and their role as reservoir hosts is now well established. In this study, we have shown that sea birds in the Arctic region of Norway carry Ixodes uriae ticks infected with Lyme disease Borrelia garinii spirochetes. Interestingly, DNA sequencing showed that these isolates are closely related to B. garinii previously isolated from birds, as well as from clinical specimens in northern Europe.

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2007. Vol. 7, no 3, 453-456 p.
Keyword [en]
Arctic, Birds, Borrelia, Common guillemot, Ixodes uriae, Lyme disease, Ticks, Uria aalge, Zoonosis
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Medical and Health Sciences Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11908DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2006.0644ISI: 000250018100020PubMedID: 17767412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-11908DiVA: diva2:39677
Available from: 2008-02-25 Created: 2008-02-25 Last updated: 2011-01-20Bibliographically approved

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