About the Authors

Sarah S. Wheeler

Affiliation Center for Vectorborne Diseases, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America

Meighan P. Vineyard

Affiliation Center for Vectorborne Diseases, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America

Leslie W. Woods

Affiliation California Animal Health and Food Safety, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America

William K. Reisen

wkreisen@ucdavis.edu

Affiliation Center for Vectorborne Diseases, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SSW WKR. Performed the experiments: SSW MPV. Analyzed the data: SSW WKR. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: LWW. Wrote the paper: SSW WKR LWW.