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RESEARCH PAPER
 
 

Presence of potentially pathogenic Babesia sp. for human in Ixodes ricinusin Switzerland.

Simona Casati 1,  
Lise Gern,  
 
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Istituto Cantonale di Microbiologia, Bellinzona, Switzerland.
Ann Agric Environ Med 2006;13(1):65–70
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ABSTRACT:
We have designed and performed a new PCR method based on the 18S rRNA inorder to individuate the presence and the identity of Babesia parasites. Out of 1159 Ixodes ricinus (Acari:Ixodidae) ticks collected in four areas of Switzerland, nine were found to contain Babesia DNA. Sequencingof the short amplicon obtained (411-452 bp) allowed the identification of three human pathogenic species:Babesia microti, B. divergens, for the first time in Switzerland, Babesia sp. EU1. We also report coinfectionswith B. sp. EU1-Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto and Babesia sp. EU1-B. afzelii.
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