[at-l] Songbirds and Lyme disease

RockDancer rockdancer97 at comcast.net
Tue Apr 27 08:44:18 CDT 2010

I received this today and thought it might be of interest. Science has now found that songbirds are a vector for the deer tick, and Lyme disease is confirmed to travel with the birds, not just the deer.

Arthur Gaudet (RockDancer)
Rockdancer97 at comcast.net
"The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon."

> At the risk of beating a dead tick to death, there was an article in
> the North American Bird Bander (July-September, 2009 vol 34 no. 3)
> entitled "First Isolation of Lyme Disease Spirochete, Borrelia
> burgdorferi , from Ticks Collected from Songbirds in Ontario, Canada.
> Abstract
> This study documents the first isolation of the Lyme disease
> spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi , from ticks attached to songbirds in
> Ontario. Viable spirochetes were cultured from a nymph of the
> black-legged tick, Ixodes scapularis , detached from a hermit thrush,
> Catharus guttatus. Similarly, B. burgdorferi isolates were obtained
> from I. scapularis nymphs collected from a house wren , Troglodytes
> aedon. These B. burgdorferi isolates show divergent heterogeneity
> indicating that some strains originated from nearby locales and others
> from southern latitudes. Lyme disease vectors ticks are transported by
> northward-migrating songbirds, and dispersed widely across southern
> Canada. Importantly, B. burgdorferi infected I. scapularis ticks pose
> a public health risk to people and domestic animals wherever they are
> released.
> PS black-legged tick is another name for deer tick.

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