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dc.contributor.authorMurdock, Jessica Helen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T03:27:44Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T03:27:44Z
dc.date.issued2008-08
dc.identifier.othermurdock_jessica_h_200808_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/murdock_jessica_h_200808_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/25007
dc.description.abstractLittle is understood about a Lyme-like syndrome, Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI), which occurs in the southeastern United States. Borrelia lonestari, a possible agent of STARI, is transmitted by the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) and naturally infects white-tailed deer (WTD, Odocoileus virginianus). I tested 714 WTD from 20 eastern states for antibodies reactive to B. lonestari using an indirect immunofluorescent antibody test, 107 (15.0%) were seropositive. Significantly more southeastern deer (17.5%) were positive compared to northeastern deer (9.2%). Using a SNAP® test, 71 (9.9%) were positive for Borrelia burgdorferi and significantly more northeastern deer (23.9%) were positive compared with southeastern deer (3.8%). My data demonstrate that WTD are exposed to both Borrelia species, but antibody prevalence for the two species differs regionally and distributions correlate with the presence of I. scapularis and A. americanum ticks. Age and gender do not affect prevalence.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectLyme
dc.subjectSTARI
dc.subjectBorrelia burgdorferi
dc.subjectBorrelia lonestari
dc.subjectWhite-tailed deer
dc.subjectOdocoileus virginianus
dc.titleDistribution of Borrelia lonestari and Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in white-tailed deer populations in the eastern United States
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentForest Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorMichael J. Yabsley
dc.description.committeeMichael J. Yabsley
dc.description.committeeRobert Warren
dc.description.committeeDave Stallknecht


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