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Tick-borne zoonotic pathogens in ticks feeding on the common nightingale including a novel strain of Rickettsia sp

Dubska, L.; Literak, I.; Kverek, P.; Roubalova, E.; Kocianova, E.; Taragelova, V.

Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases 3(4): 265-268

2012


ISSN/ISBN: 1877-9603
PMID: 22906497
DOI: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2012.06.001
Accession: 036511868

We examined 77 Ixodes ricinus ticks found on 33 out of 120 common nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos) sampled in the Czech Republic in 2008 for the presence of Borrelia spirochetes, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Rickettsia spp., and Babesia spp. We detected Borrelia garinii (in 4% of ticks), A. phagocytophilum (1%), Rickettsia helvetica (3%), a novel strain of Rickettsia sp. (sister taxon of R. bellii; 1%), and Babesia sp. EU1 (1%). Thus, we conclude that nightingales are unlikely to be important reservoir hosts for tick-borne pathogens.

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