Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi-infected ticks from wildlife hosts, a response to Norris et al.
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In a recent Letter to the Editor, Norris et al. questioned the validity of some of our data reported by Feria-Arroyo et al. The main issue investigated by us was the potential impact of climate change on the probable distribution of the tick vector Ixodes scapularis in the Texas-Mexico transboundary region. As an ancillary issue, an analysis of sequence data for the intergenic spacer of Borrelia burgdorferi was conducted. In the present letter, we provide further evidence supporting our original results, and advocate that extensive study of the population genetics of B. burgdorferi is needed in the Texas-Mexico transboundary region.
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Esteve-Gassent, M. D., Grover, A., Feria-Arroyo, T. P., Castro-Arellano, I., Medina, R. F., Gordillo-Pérez, G., & de León, A.