Molecular evidence for Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Borrelia burgdorferi sensulato in Ixodes ricinus ticks from eastern Slovakia.

Branislav Pet'ko 1, Lydia Cislakova 1, Asteria Stefancikova 1, Michal Stanko 1, Monika Halanova 1, Marketa Derdakova 2
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2 - Faculty of Medicine, P. J. Safarik University, Srobarova 2, 041 80 Kosice, SlovakRepublic. monickah@pobox.sk
Ann Agric Environ Med
2003; 10 (2):
ICID: 142697
 
 
Ixodes ricinus ticks (20 males, 20 females and 20 nymphs) collected inKosice, Slovakia were examined for the presence of Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Borrelia burgdorferisensu lato (s.l.) by PCR. 38.3 % of the tested ticks carried single infection of B. burgdorferi s.l.and 8.3 % were infected with A. phagocytophilum. Double infection of both pathogens was detected in 5% of tested ticks. These results indicate that both B. burgdorferi s.l. and A. phagocytophilum co-circulatein the enzootic sites of Eastern Slovakia and may cause co-infection in humans.
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