Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato infection in mosquitoes from Szczecin area

Folia Biol (Krakow). 2006;54(1-2):55-9. doi: 10.3409/173491606777919175.


The aim of the study was to determine the level of infection in mosquitoes with spirochetes Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato in the woody areas of Szczecin. The mosquitoes were collected from May to September 2003. The spirochetes, Borrelia burgdorferi s. l., present in mosquitoes were detected in mosquitoes with indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) using rabbit anti-Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies and goat anti-rabbit IgG marked with fluorescein isocyanate (FITC). A total of 1557 females and 58 males were collected. They represented the genera Aedes (63%) and Culex (37%). The infection level of the mosquitoes from the area studied amounted to 1.7%. The results of the present study confirm the potential of these arthropods to spread Lyme borreliosis.

MeSH terms

  • Aedes / microbiology*
  • Animals
  • Borrelia burgdorferi / isolation & purification*
  • Culex / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Poland