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.
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Received: December 16, 1998 · Revision accepted: May 10, 1999
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Halouzka, J., Wilske, B., Stünzner, D. et al. Isolation of Borrelia afzelii from Overwintering Culex pipiens Biotype molestus Mosquitoes. Infection 27, 275–277 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1007/s150100050029