Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi, Bartonella spp., Babesia microti, and Anaplasma phagocytophila in Ixodes scapularis ticks collected in Northern New Jersey

J Clin Microbiol. 2004 Jun;42(6):2799-801. doi: 10.1128/JCM.42.6.2799-2801.2004.


PCR analysis of Ixodes scapularis ticks collected in New Jersey identified infections with Borrelia burgdorferi (33.6%), Babesia microti (8.4%), Anaplasma phagocytophila (1.9%), and Bartonella spp. (34.5%). The I. scapularis tick is a potential pathogen vector that can cause coinfection and contribute to the variety of clinical responses noted in some tick-borne disease patients.

MeSH terms

  • Anaplasma phagocytophilum / isolation & purification*
  • Animals
  • Babesia microti / isolation & purification*
  • Bartonella / isolation & purification*
  • Borrelia burgdorferi / isolation & purification*
  • Ixodes / microbiology*
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction