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Microbial pathogens in ticks, rodents and a shrew in northern Gyeonggi-do near the DMZ, Korea

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Authors
Chae, Joon-seok; Yu, Do-Hyeon; Shringi, Smriti; Klein, Terry A.; Kim, Heung-Chul; Chong, Sung-Tae; Lee, In-Yong; Foley, Janet
Issue Date
2008
Publisher
대한수의학회 = The Korean Society of Veterinary Science
Citation
J Vet Sci 2008, 9, 285-293
Keywords
BartonellaBorreliaRickettsiarodentsCrocidura lasiuratick-borne pathogens
Abstract
A total of 1,618 ticks [420 individual (adults) and pooled (larvae and nymphs) samples], 369 rodents (Apodemus agrarius, Rattus norvegicus, Tscherskia triton, Mus musculus, and Myodes regulus), and 34 shrews (Crocidura lasiura) that were collected in northern Gyeonggi-do near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) of Korea during 2004-2005, were assayed by PCR for selected zoonotic pathogens. From a total of 420 individual and pooled tick DNA samples, Anaplasma (A.) phagocytophilum (16), A. platys (16), Ehrlichia (E.) chaffeensis (63), Borrelia burgdorferi (16), and Rickettsia spp. (198) were detected using species-specific PCR assays. Out of 403 spleens from rodents and shrews, A. phagocytophilum (20), A. platys (34), E. chaffeensis (127), and Bartonella spp. (24) were detected with species-specific PCR assays. These results suggest that fevers of unknown causes in humans and animals in Korea should be evaluated for infections by these vector-borne microbial pathogens.
ISSN
1229-845X
http://www.vetsci.org/2008/abstract/285a.html
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/7895
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