Experimental & Applied Acarology

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 71–80 | Cite as

Transmission of Lyme disease spirochetes (Borrelia burgdorferi)

  • Joseph Piesman


The field and laboratory evidence incriminating nymphalIxodes dammini as the main vectors ofBorrelia burgdorferi is substantial. Furthermore, other members of theIxodes (Ixodes) ricinus ‘complex’, includingI. ricinus, I. persulcatus, I. pacificus, andI. scapularis, are competent vectors of the Lyme disease spirochete. Although ticks in other genera are also naturally infected withB. burgdorferi, experimental evidence suggests thatAmblyomma andDermacentor ticks are inefficient vectors of these spirochetes. Current research on the kinetics ofB. burgdorferi growth within ticks demonstrates that Lyme disease spirochetes are dramatically influenced by physiological events during the tick's life-cycle.


Experimental Evidence Physiological Event Lyme Disease Borrelia Burgdorferi Laboratory Evidence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Piesman
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  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology, School of Public HealthUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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