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Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 46  |  Issue: 9  |  Page No.: 3130 - 3133

Novel Genospecies of Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato from Rodents and Ticks in Southwestern China

Chen-Yi Chu, Wei Liu, Bao-Gui Jiang, Ding-Ming Wang, Wei-Jia Jiang, Qiu-Min Zhao, Pan-He Zhang, Zhao-Xiao Wang, Guang-Peng Tang, Hong Yang and Wu-Chun Cao    

Abstract: By using multilocus sequence analysis, five Borrelia valaisiana-related strains isolated from rodents and ticks in southwestern China were eventually classified as a new genospecies of B. burgdorferi sensu lato rather than B. valaisiana. The finding explained the differences in transmission cycle and phenotype between B. valaisiana strains from Europe and B. valaisiana-related strains from eastern Asia.

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