Anti-Borrelia antibodies in rodents: important hosts in ecology of Lyme disease.

Astéria Stefancíková 1, Mangesh Bhide 2, Michal Stanko 2, Ladislav Mosanskỳ 2, Jana Fricova 2, Markéta Derdáková 2, Milan Trávnicek 2
1 - Parasitological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Science, Hlinkova 3, 04001 Kosice, Slovakia.
2 -
Ann Agric Environ Med
2004; 11 (2):
ICID: 142666
Data presented in this study focuses on the presence of anti-Borrelia antibodiesin small mammals from Eastern Slovakia during 2000-2003. The total seropositivity observed was 18.78%in rodents. Amongst all species, the total seroprevalence in Apodemus flavicolis was the highest (20.87%),followed by Apodemus agrarius (19.58%) and Clethrionomys glareolus (11.11%). However, the prevalencein Apodemus flavicolis during the year 2000-2001 was higher (26.72%), which reduced to 10.60% in 2002-2003.To compare the year range of seroprevalence in other small mammals was not feasible due to the smallsample number. Area-wise distribution of anti-Borrelia antibodies was even (18.75% to 20%) in this study,except in the Bot'any province (0%). This confirms the equal distribution of Borrelia spirochetes inthe other 3 localities. Prevalence of anti-Borrelia antibodies during summer was significantly higherthan during autumn and early spring. The overall study also reviews the importance of small mammals inLyme disease ecology.
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