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Borrelia recurrentis in Head Lice, Ethiopia

Authors
Publisher
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3201/eid1905.121480
Keywords
  • Dispatch

Abstract

Since the 1800s, the only known vector of Borrelia recurrentis has been the body louse. In 2011, we found B. recurrentis DNA in 23% of head lice from patients with louse-borne relapsing fever in Ethiopia. Whether head lice can transmit these bacteria from one person to another remains to be determined.

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