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Emerg Infect Dis. 2000 Sep-Oct; 6(5): 477–480.
PMCID: PMC2627953

Naturally occurring Ehrlichia chaffeensis infection in coyotes from Oklahoma.

Abstract

A nested polymerase chain reaction assay was used to determine the presence of Ehrlichia chaffeensis, E. canis, and E. ewingii DNA in blood samples of free-ranging coyotes from central and northcentral Oklahoma. Of the 21 coyotes examined, 15 (71%) were positive for E. chaffeensis DNA; none was positive for E. canis or E. ewingii. Results suggest that E. chaffeensis infections are common in free-ranging coyotes in Oklahoma and that these wild canids could play a role in the epidemiology of human monocytotropic ehrlichiosis.

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