Wildlife Borrelia infection in Atlantic Canada:

Assessing the prevalence of Borrelia in wildlife hosts

Christopher Zinck

Mount Allison University

Lyme Research Network

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Important findings:

  • Reservoir species are abundant
  • There are more Borrelia out there than B. burgdorferi (testing will miss all of them)
  • Different Borrelia species show different tissue tropisms (cells and tissues of a host which support growth of bacteria) in the body – B. miyamotoi is much more widely dispersed in the body in wild mice than Bb