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

Simona Casati 1, Heinz Sager 2, Lise Gern 2, Jean-Claude Piffaretti 2
1 - Istituto Cantonale di Microbiologia, Bellinzona, Switzerland.
2 -
Ann Agric Environ Med
2006; 13 (1):
ICID: 468156
Article type: Original article
We have designed and performed a new PCR method based on the 18S rRNA inorder 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. Sequencingof 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 coinfectionswith B. sp. EU1-Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto and Babesia sp. EU1-B. afzelii.
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