First Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato DNA in Serum of the Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) in Northern Portugal by Nested-PCR

Ana S. Faria, Maria das Neves Paiva-Cardoso, Mónica Nunes, Teresa Carreira, Hélia M. Vale-Gonçalves, Octávia Veloso, Catarina Coelho, João A. Cabral, Madalena Vieira-Pinto, Maria L. Vieira

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Abstract

Lyme borreliosis is the most common tick-borne zoonosis in the northern hemisphere. Several vertebrates are crucial in the epidemiological cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, but the role of wild boar as a reservoir is still unknown. Sera were collected from 90 wild boars shot in the Trás-os-Montes region, Northern Portugal (hunting season 2011/2012). In this study, Borrelia DNA was detected for the first time by nested-PCR in three different sera, suggesting that the wild boar may be a potential reservoir for this spirochete. Sequencing results show 100% similarity with Borrelia afzelii. Further studies are needed to evaluate the public health risks associated with boar hunting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalEcoHealth
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato
  • fla gene
  • Lyme borreliosis
  • Northern Portugal
  • One Health
  • PCR
  • wild boar
  • zoonosis

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