Hantavirus RNA was not detected in Dermacentor reticulatus ticks
Angelina Wójcik-Fatla 1, Violetta Zając 1, Józef P. Knap 2, Jacek Dutkiewicz 3 1 - Department of Zoonoses, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland 2 - Department of Epidemiology, Medical University, Warsaw, Poland 3 - Department of Zoonoses, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland Ann Agric Environ Med 2013; 20 (3): ICID: 1067426 Article type: Short communication
A total of 190 Dermacentor reticulatus ticks (80 males, 110 females) collected on the territory of Ostrów Lubelski, Suchawa, Zalutyń and Kazimierz Dolny (Lublin Province, eastern Poland) were examined by reverse transcription PCR and nested PCR methods for the presence of hantavirus RNA. None of the examined Dermacentor reticulatus specimens showed the presence of the hantavirus-specific RNA in spite of using two pairs of primers and the clearly positive results obtained with the positive control. Thus, the hypothesis about the possible participation of ticks in the transmission of hantaviruses was not confirmed.
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