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Experimental infection of Ornithodoros spp. ticks (Acari: Argasidae) with Yersinia pestis



Experimental infection of Ornithodoros spp. ticks (Acari: Argasidae) with Yersinia pestis



Journal of Medical Entomology 27(4): 720-723



Ticks of the genus Ornithodoros feed on many rodent species with known roles in maintaining and amplifying the plague agent, Y. pestis, in nature. Five species of ticks in this genus (O. hermsi, O. moubata, O. parkeri, O. tholozani and O. turicata) are shown to acquire the plague bacillus by feeding on infected hosts (BALB/c/Ann outbred white mice). Most notably, 80% of O. hermsi, harboured Y. pestis 1 month after an infectious blood meal.

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DOI: 10.1093/jmedent/27.4.720



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