Molecular detection of Bartonella spp. in deer ked pupae, adult keds and moose blood in Finland

KORHONEN, E. M.; Pérez Vera, Cristina; PULLIAINEN, A.T.; SIRONEN, T.; AALTONEN, K.; KORTET, R.; HÄRKÖNEN, L.; HÄRKÖNEN, S.; PAAKKONEN, T.; NIEMINEN, P.; MUSTONEN, A-M.; YLÖNEN, H.; VAPALAHTI, O. (2015). Molecular detection of Bartonella spp. in deer ked pupae, adult keds and moose blood in Finland. Epidemiology and infection, 143(03), pp. 578-585. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0950268814001411

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SUMMARY The deer ked (Lipoptena cervi) is a haematophagous ectoparasite of cervids that harbours haemotrophic Bartonella. A prerequisite for the vector competence of the deer ked is the vertical transmission of the pathogen from the mother to its progeny and transstadial transmission from pupa to winged adult. We screened 1154 pupae and 59 pools of winged adult deer keds from different areas in Finland for Bartonella DNA using PCR. Altogether 13 pupa samples and one winged adult deer ked were positive for the presence of Bartonella DNA. The amplified sequences were closely related to either B. schoenbuchensis or B. bovis. The same lineages were identified in eight blood samples collected from free-ranging moose. This is the first demonstration of Bartonella spp. DNA in a winged adult deer ked and, thus, evidence for potential transstadial transmission of Bartonella spp. in the species.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic > Small Animal Clinic, Surgery
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic

UniBE Contributor:

Pérez Vera, Cristina

Subjects:

500 Science
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0950-2688

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simone Forterre

Date Deposited:

29 Dec 2014 16:03

Last Modified:

01 Feb 2020 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0950268814001411

PubMed ID:

24901607

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.61349

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/61349

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