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Erratum to: Revisited: Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato infections in hard ticks (Ixodes ricinus) in the city of Hanover (Germany)

  • Julia Tappe1,
  • Daniela Jordan1,
  • Elisabeth Janecek1,
  • Volker Fingerle2 and
  • Christina Strube1Email author
Parasites & Vectors20169:249

Received: 18 April 2016

Accepted: 18 April 2016

Published: 29 April 2016

The original article was published in Parasites & Vectors 2014 7:441


Unfortunately, we noticed that in our published paper [1] the numbers of ticks co-infected with Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) (s.l.) and Anaplasma phagocytophilum were partly incorrect as one adult female tick was detected false-positive for A. phagocytophilum infection. Corrected data showed that none of the female or adult ticks was co-infected with Borrelia burgdorferi (s.l.) and Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Among all tick stages, only six instead of seven out of 2,100 ticks were infected with both pathogens, but the prevalence of 0.3 % reported in [1] remained unchanged. The corrected Table 4 is included below. The authors would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Table 4

Co-infections with B. burgdorferi (s.l.) and Rickettsiales in Hanoverian ticks in 2010


No. of collected ticks

No. of B. burgdorferi (s.l.) positive ticks

Total co-infections

Rickettsia spp. co-infections

A. phagocytophilum co-infections

Co-infections with Rickettsia spp. and A. phagocytophilum


No. (%)

No. (%)

No. (%)

No. (%)

No. (%)



124 (33.3)

43 (11.6)

42 (11.3)

0 (na*)

0 (na*)



58 (29.6)

22 (11.2)

22 (11.2)

0 (na*)

0 (na*)



66 (37.5)

21 (11.9)

20 (11.4)

0 (na*)

0 (na*)



344 (20.3)

120 (7.1)

111 (6.5)

6 (0.4)

3 (0.2)



8 (25.8)

0 (na*)

0 (na*)

0 (na*)

0 (na*)

All stages


476 (22.7)

163 (7.8)

153 (7.3)

6 (0.3)

3 (0.1)

*na, not applicable



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Authors’ Affiliations

Institute for Parasitology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hanover, Hannover, Germany
German National Reference Centre for Borrelia, Oberschleißheim, Germany


  1. Tappe J, Jordan D, Janecek E, Fingerle V, Strube C. Revisited: Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato infections in hard ticks (Ixodes ricinus) in the city of Hanover (Germany). Parasit Vectors. 2014;7:441. doi:10.1186/1756-3305-7-441.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar


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