Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi, Bartonella spp., Babesia microti, and Anaplasma phagocytophila in Ixodes scapularis Ticks Collected in Northern New Jersey

Published Date
Journal
Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Citation
42(6):2799-801
DOI
10.1128/JCM.42.6.2799-2801.2004.
Authors
Adelson ME
Rao RV
Tilton RC
Cabets K
Eskow E
Fein L
Occi JL
Mordechai E
Abstract

PCR analysis of Ixodes scapularis ticks collected in New Jersey identified infections with Borrelia burgdorferi (33.6%), Babesia microti (8.4%), Anaplasma phagocytophila (1.9%), and Bartonella spp. (34.5%). The I. scapularis tick is a potential pathogen vector that can cause coinfection and contribute to the variety of clinical responses noted in some tick-borne disease patients.