Tick-borne agents in rodents, China, 2004-2006

Lin Zhan, Wu Chun Cao, Chen Yi Chu, Bao Gui Jiang, Fang Zhang, Wei Liu, J. Stephen Dumler, Xiao Ming Wu, Shu Qing Zuo, Pan He Zhang, Hai Nan Huang, Qiu Min Zhao, Na Jia, Hong Yang, Jan H. Richardus, J. Dik F Habbema

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Abstract

A total of 705 rodents from 6 provinces and autonomous regions of mainland People's Republic of China were tested by PCRs for tick-borne agents (Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, spotted fever group rickettsiae, and Francisella tularensis). Infection rates were 5.5%, 6.7%, 9.1% and 5.0%, respectively. Eighteen (2.6%) rodents of 10 species were positive for 2 or 3 agents. Sequence analysis of PCR products confirmed the presence and genotypes of detected agents. These findings demonstrate that these tick-borne agents cocirculate and that a variety of rodent species may be involved in their enzootic maintenance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1904-1908
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume15
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology

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Zhan, L., Cao, W. C., Chu, C. Y., Jiang, B. G., Zhang, F., Liu, W., ... Habbema, J. D. F. (2009). Tick-borne agents in rodents, China, 2004-2006. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 15(12), 1904-1908. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1512.081141