Table 2.

Comparison of dark-field microscopy and reverse line blot detection of Borrelia and Ehrlichia DNA in ticks

Tick species and result by dark-field microscopyNo. of ticks Reverse line blota
BorreliaEhrlichia
PositiveNegativePositiveNegative
I. ricinus
 Positive2159711824191
 Negative801565179
  Total29511218325270
I. persulcatus
 Positive2572094829228
 Negative791762079
  Total33622611029307
Total63133829354577
  • a Values are numbers of ticks.