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  • Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by a spirochete (spiral shaped bacterium) known as Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb). Lyme disease is most often spread by ticks, but can also be transmitted by fleas, mosquito's, and mites. Evidence has suggested that these insects don't actually need to bite you for you to become infected.
  • Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease in human inhabitants in Argentina, a study was designed as a seroepidemiologic investigationof the immune response to B. burgdorferi in farm workers of Argentina with arthritis symptoms. Three out of 28 sera were positive (#1,5 and 9). Serum # 1 was positive for Immunoglobulin G at dilution 1:320, serum # 5 and # 9 both to dilution 1:160; while for Immunoglobulin M all (#1, 5 and 9) were positive at low dilution (1:40) using IF. The results showed that antibodies against B. burgdorferi are present in an Argentinian population. Thus caution should be exercised in the clinical interpretation of arthritis until the presence of B. burgdorferi be confirmed by culture in specific media.
  • Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease in human inhabitants in Argentina, a study was designed as a seroepidemiologic investigationof the immune response to B. burgdorferi in farm workers of Argentina with arthritis symptoms. Three out of 28 sera were positive (#1,5 and 9). Serum # 1 was positive for Immunoglobulin G at dilution 1:320, serum # 5 and # 9 both to dilution 1:160; while for Immunoglobulin M all (#1, 5 and 9) were positive at low dilution (1:40) using IF. The results showed that antibodies against B. burgdorferi are present in an Argentinian population. Thus caution should be exercised in the clinical interpretation of arthritis until the presence of B. burgdorferi be confirmed by culture in specific media.
  • Lyme Disease

    The objective of this study was to identify the tick species parasitizing Richardson's ground squirrels (Spermophilus richardsonii) in southern Saskatchewan (Canada). Morphological examination of the adult ticks revealed the presence of three tick species, Ixodes sculptus, Ixodes kingi and Dermacentor andersoni. PCR-based single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) and DNA sequence analyses of a portion of the mitochondrial (mt) 16S rRNA gene were used to determine their species identity. The results showed that each tick species had a unique set of SSCP profiles and DNA sequences using this mt marker. The species identity of larval and nymphal ticks was determined based on a comparison of these profiles and sequences with those of morphologically-identified adults.

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