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Title: Borrelia sp. phylogenetically different from Lyme disease- and relapsing fever-related Borrelia spp. in Amblyomma varanense from Python reticulatus
Authors: Wachareeporn Trinachartvanit
Supanee Hirunkanokpun
Ronnayuth Sudsangiem
Wanwisa Lijuan
Duangjai Boonkusol
Visut Baimai
Arunee Ahantarig
Mahidol University. Faculty of Science. Biodiversity Research Cluster
Keywords: Short Access article;Borrelia;Amblyomma varanense;Amblyomma pattoni;Tick;Thailand
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Parasites & Vectors. Vol. 9, (2016), 359
Abstract: Background: Species of the genus Borrelia are causative agents of Lyme disease and relapsing fever. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the northern hemisphere. However, in some parts of the world Lyme borreliosis and relapsing fever may be caused by novel Borrelia genotypes. Herein, we report the presence of a Borrelia sp. in an Amblyomma varanense collected from Python reticulatus. Methods: Ticks were collected from snakes, identified to species level and examined by PCR for the presence of Borrelia spp. flaB and 16S rRNA genes. Phylogenetic trees were constructed using the neighbour-joining method. Results: Three A. varanense ticks collected from P. reticulatus were positive for a unique Borrelia sp., which was phylogenetically divergent from both Lyme disease- and relapsing fever-associated Borrelia spp. Conclusion: The results of this study suggest for the first time that there is a Borrelia sp. in A. varanense tick in the snake P. reticulatus that might be novel.
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