Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Ixodes scapularis

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_1636

North American ixodid tick, the genome of which was first sequenced. This black-legged tick is widespread in Southeastern USA and along the East Coast. It is a vector of tick-borreliosis, too. However, the prevalence rate of B. burgdorferi bacteria inside is lower than in I. dammini (∼30 % in USA), 2 % in I. pacificus (West Coast of USA), or in I. ricinus (∼30 % in Central Europe).

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