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Título: The importance of lizards and small mammals as reservoirs for Borrelia lusitaniae in Portugal
Autor: Norte, A.C.
Alves da Silva, A.
Alves, J.
da Silva, L. P.
Núncio, M. S.
Escudero, R.
Anda, P.
Ramos, J. A.
Lopes de Carvalho, I.
Palavras-chave: Infecções Sistémicas e Zoonoses
B. lusitaniae
Lizards
Small Mammals
Portugal
Data: 8-Out-2014
Editora: Wiley /Society for Applied Microbiology
Citação: Environ Microbiol Rep. 2014 Oct 8. doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12218. [Epub ahead of print]
Resumo: Borrelia lusitaniae is a pathogen frequent in the Mediterranean area. Apart from lizards, evidence for birds and small mammals as competent reservoirs for this genospecies has been occasional. We collected questing ticks, skin biopsies and Ixodes sp. ticks feeding on lizards, birds and small mammals in a B. burgdorferi s.l. (sensu lato) enzootic area to assess their importance in the maintenance of B. lusitaniae. Borrelia lusitaniae was the most prevalent genospecies in questing ticks and was commonly found in larvae feeding on Psammodromus algirus. One biopsy infected with B. lusitaniae was collected from the tail of one Podarcis hispanica, which suggests systemic infection. Ixodes ricinus larvae feeding on Apodemus sylvaticus were infected with B. lusitaniae but with a lower prevalence. Our results reinforce the importance of lizards as reservoirs for B. lusitaniae, suggesting that P. algirus, in particular, acts as main reservoir for B. lusitaniae in Portugal.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.18/2933
DOI: 10.1111/1758-2229.12218
ISSN: 1758-2229
Versão do Editor: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1758-2229.12218/abst
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