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dc.contributor.advisorCastro-Arellano, Iván
dc.contributor.authorMaikis, Troy J.
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-05T18:50:59Z
dc.date.available2017-01-05T18:50:59Z
dc.date.created2014-08
dc.date.issued7/14/2014
dc.date.submittedAugust 2014
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/6377
dc.description.abstractLyme disease (LD), caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, affects tens of thousands of Americans each year. Most of the research in the United States (U.S.) is conducted in the northeastern portion of the country. Texas represents an under-studied area with low incidences of annual human infection. Studying the bacterium in an area of low incidence could answer questions about why it has a greater prevalence in other parts of its range. My study investigated tick loads on rodents and Borrelia prevalence in disturbed and sylvan habitats at five sites in Texas across three seasons. At four of the sites investigated, rare and relatively large bodied species that were only captured in sylvan habitats had higher tick loads than the rest of the species collected at the site. B. burgdorferi prevalence was found to vary seasonally, with larger numbers of infected individuals being captured in the fall. Future studies are needed to determine if the results described herein represent a consistent pattern, but this work represents a positive step toward investigating LD in the southern portion of its range.
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dc.format.extent68 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectTicks
dc.subjectDisease Ecology
dc.subjectEnvironmental Degradation
dc.subjectSmall Mammals
dc.titleDetection of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato Infection in Rodents From Disturbed and Sylvan Assemblages Across Texas
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSimpson, Thomas R.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberEsteve-Gassent, Maria
thesis.degree.departmentBiology
thesis.degree.disciplineWildlife Ecology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
txstate.departmentBiology


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