Presence of potentially pathogenic Babesia sp. for human in Ixodes ricinus in Switzerland

Casati, Simona; Sager, Heinz; Gern, Lise; Piffaretti, Jean-Claude (2006). Presence of potentially pathogenic Babesia sp. for human in Ixodes ricinus in Switzerland. AAEM. Annals of agricultural and environmental medicine, 13(1), pp. 65-70. Lublin, Poland: Institute of Agricultural Medicine

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We have designed and performed a new PCR method based on the 18S rRNA in order to individuate the presence and the identity of Babesia parasites. Out of 1159 Ixodes ricinus (Acari: Ixodidae) ticks collected in four areas of Switzerland, nine were found to contain Babesia DNA. Sequencing of the short amplicon obtained (411-452 bp) allowed the identification of three human pathogenic species: Babesia microti, B. divergens, for the first time in Switzerland, Babesia sp. EU1. We also report coinfections with B. sp. EU1-Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto and Babesia sp. EU1-B. afzelii.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Parasitology

UniBE Contributor:

Sager, Heinz

ISSN:

1232-1966

Publisher:

Institute of Agricultural Medicine

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:47

Last Modified:

21 Jan 2014 15:05

PubMed ID:

16841874

Web of Science ID:

000238904900010

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/19317 (FactScience: 1849)

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