Identification of Borrelia bissettii in Ixodes scapularis ticks from New Brunswick, Canada

Can J Microbiol. 2019 Feb;65(2):155-161. doi: 10.1139/cjm-2018-0376. Epub 2018 Nov 5.


Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that is emerging in Canada. The disease is caused by spirochetes of the Lyme borreliosis group, which is expanding as new species are discovered. In Canada, Lyme disease risk has so far been assessed primarily by detection of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto. Of Ixodes scapularis ticks collected between 2014 and 2016 in New Brunswick, Canada, 7 were shown to be infected with Borrelia bissettii by nested PCR and sequencing of 5 B. bissettii genes. Since different Borrelia species are associated with different clinical manifestations and are not detected with the same diagnostic tests, the identification of a previously undocumented or underreported pathogenic Borrelia species has important implications for public and veterinary medicine.

Keywords: Canada; Lyme disease; maladie de Lyme; ticks; tiques.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Borrelia / genetics
  • Borrelia / isolation & purification*
  • Ixodes / microbiology*