volume 75, issue 1, P66 1989
DOI: 10.2307/3282938
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Abstract: We compared the relative infectivity to vector ticks of gray catbirds (Dumetella carolinensis) and white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) for the Lyme disease spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi). Of 28 catbirds captured in a site enzootic for this agent, 18 were infested by immature Ixodes dammini, the tick vector. By comparison, each of 32 mice sampled concurrently from the same site was infested, and by about 10 times as many ticks as were found infesting the 3 most commonly netted bird species. Although 76% …

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