Isolation of Borrelia afzelii from Overwintering Culex pipiens Biotype molestus Mosquitoes
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During the years 1995–1996, a total of 1,743 overwintering Culex pipiens biotype molestus female mosquitoes were tested for the presence of spirochetes in several localities in South Moravia, Czech Republic. The spirochetes were observed in 5% of the mosquitoes investigated. One of the five isolated strains of spirochetes (BR-84) was identified as Borrelia afzelii. The potential role of mosquitoes in the ecology and epidemiology of Lyme disease (LD) borreliae should be further investigated.
KeywordsCzech Republic Potential Role Lyme Disease Female Mosquito Culex Pipiens
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