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Detection of Lyme disease and anaplasmosis pathogens via PCR in Pennsylvania deer ked

Buss, M. and Case, L. and Kearney, B. and Coleman, C. and Henning, J.D. (2016) Detection of Lyme disease and anaplasmosis pathogens via PCR in Pennsylvania deer ked. Journal of Vector Ecology, 41 (2). pp. 292-294. ISSN 10811710

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Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum are obligate intracellular parasites that maintain their life cycles in enzoonotic vector‐host cycles with Ixodes scapularis as a vector. In addition to ticks, the hosts are commonly infested with insects from the Hippoboscidae family. This study confirms the presence of B. burgdorferi and A. phagocytophilum in deer keds (Lipoptena cervi) removed from white‐tailed deer using PCR. Detection of these pathogens in deer ked represents a potential novel susceptibility of wildlife and also suggests the risk of transmission of these pathogens to humans and animals alike through the bite of an infected ectoparasite. This study represents the first instance in the U.S. of detection of tick‐borne pathogens in a member of the Hippoboscid family.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Buss, M.
Case, L.
Kearney, B.
Coleman, C.
Henning, J.D.henning
Date: 2016
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Vector Ecology
Volume: 41
Number: 2
Publisher: Wiley
Page Range: pp. 292-294
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/jvec.12225
Schools and Programs: University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Refereed: No
ISSN: 10811710
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2020 13:41
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 13:41


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