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RESEARCH PAPER
 
 

High prevalence of Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection in ticks removed fromhuman skin in north-eastern Poland.

 
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Department of Infectious Diseases, Medical University of Białystok, Zurawia 14 St., 15-540 Białystok, Poland. oliwa@amb.edu.pl
Ann Agric Environ Med 2006;13(1):45–48
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ABSTRACT:
In order to examine the risk of Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection inhumans, 76 Ixodes ricinus ticks and 3 Dermacentor reticulatus removed from humans were examined for thepresence of Anaplasma phagocytophilum by PCR targeting the16S rRNA gene. The average infection rate was23.7% (18/76) in Ixodes ricinus ticks. A very high infection rate reaching 36.8% (14/38) was detectedin female Ixodes ricinus, followed by males--16.6% and nymphs--10.5%. No infection was noted in larvae.All Dermacentor reticulatus also tested negative. The positive PCR products were sequenced and depositedin the Gen Bank (Accession No. DQ006828).
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