EDITORIAL
Hantavirus RNA not detected in Ixodes ricinus ticks
 
More details
Hide details
1
Unit of Zoonoses, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland
2
Department of Epidemiology, Warsaw Medical University, Warsaw, Poland
 
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2011;18(2):446–447
KEYWORDS:
ABSTRACT:
A total of 174 unfed Ixodes ricinus ticks (104 nymphs, 36 males, and 34 females) collected in the Roztocze National Park in eastern Poland were examined by the PCR and nested PCR methods for the presence of hantavirus RNA. None of the examined Ixodes ricinus specimens showed the presence of the hantavirus-specific RNA, in spite of using 2 genetic markers and the clearly positive results obtained with the positive control. Thus, a hypothesis about the possible participation of ticks in the transmission of hantaviruses, has so far not been confirmed.
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Angelina Wójcik-Fatla   
Unit of Zoonoses, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland
 
REFERENCES (13):
1. Jonsson CB, Figueiredo LT, Vapalahti O. A global perspective on hantavirus ecology, epidemiology, and disease. Clin Microbiol Rev 2010;23:412-441.
2. Khaiboullina SF, Morzunov SP, St Jeor SC. Hantaviruses: molecular biology, evolution and pathogenesis. Curr Mol Med 2005, 5, 773-790.
3. Nowakowska A, Heyman P, Knap JP, Burzyński W, Witas M. The fist established focus of hantavirus infection in Poland, 2007. Ann Agric Environ Med 2009;16:79-85.
4. Stock I. Hantavirus infections. Med Monatsschr Pharm 2008;31:127-133 (in German).
5. Knap JP, Nowakowska A, Heyman P, Burzyński W, Rączka A, Dutkiewicz J, Lech, et al. Environmental and epidemiologic determinants of hantavirus infection (hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome) in the Podkarpacie - first epidemic in Poland in 2007-2008 - and endemic incidences of diseases. Przegląd Medyczny Uniwersytetu Rzeszowskiego 2009;7(2):124-138 (in Polish).
6. Vapalahti O, Mustonen J, Lundkvist A, Henttonen H, Plyusnin A, Vaheri A. Hantavirus infections in Europe. Lancet Infect Dis 2003;3:653-661.
7. Houck MA, Qin H, Roberts HR. Hantavirus transmission: potential role of ectoparasites. Vector Borne Zoonot Dis 2001;1:75-79.
8. Zhang Y, Zhu J, Deng XZ, Wu GH, Wang JJ, Zhang JJ, Xing AH, Wu JW. Detection of hantaan virus from gamasid mite and chigger mite by molecular biological methods. Zhonghua Shi Yan He Lin Chuang Bin Du Xue Za Zh 2003;17:107-111.
9. Valiente Moro C, Chauve C, Zenner L. Vectorial role of some dermanyssoid mites (Acari, Mesostigmata, Dermanyssoidea). Parasite 2005;12:99-109.
10. Knap JP, Brzostek T, Rączka A, Burzyński W, Litarska U. A case of haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrom (HFRS). Pol Merk Lek 2006;21:474-476 (in Polish).
11. Knap JP, Nowakowska A, Dutkiewicz J, Zając V, Wójcik-Fatla A, Chmielewska-Badora J, Strupieniuk Z. Detection of antibodies against hantaviruses in forestry workers of the Roztoczanski National Park and Puławy forest inspectorate (Lublin macroregion). Preliminary report. Med Ogólna 2010;16:201-216 (in Polish).
12. Grygorczuk S, Pancewicz S, Zajkowska J, Kondrusik M, Świerzbińska R, Moniuszko A, Pawlak-Zalewska W. Detection of anti-hantavirus antibodies in forest workers in the north-east of Poland. Przegl Epidemiol 2008;62:531-537 (in Polish).
13. Arai S, Bennett SN, Sumibcay L, Cook JA, Song JW, Hope A, Parmenter C, Nerurkar VR, Yates TL, Yanagihara R. Short Report: Phylogenetically distinct hantaviruses in the masked shrew (Sorex cinereus) and dusky shrew (Sorex monticolus) in the United States. Am J Trop Hyg 2008;78:348-351.
eISSN:1898-2263
ISSN:1232-1966