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Ann Agric Environ Med 2003, 10, 121-123

IXODES RICINUS AS A POTENTIAL VECTOR OF TOXOPLASMA GONDII

Jacek Sroka, Jolanta Chmielewska-Badora, Jacek Dutkiewicz

Department of Occupational Biohazards, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Lublin, Poland

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Sroka J, Chmielewska-Badora J, Dutkiewicz J: Ixodes ricinus as a potential vector of Toxoplasma gondii. Ann Agric Environ Med 2003, 10, 121-123.

Abstract: The presence of Toxoplasma gondii DNA was detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in 2 out of 92 Ixodes ricinus ticks (2.8%) collected in the woodlands of eastern Poland. This suggests that ticks of this species may be involved in the spread of toxoplasmosis under natural conditions.

Address for correspondence: Jacek Sroka, DVM, Department of Occupational Biohazards, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Jaczewskiego 2, 20-090 Lublin, Poland.
E-mail: jack@galen.imw.lublin.pl

Key words: Toxoplasma gondii, toxoplasmosis, epidemiology, transmission, ticks, Ixodes ricinus, PCR.


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