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Jpn J Infect Dis. 2014;67(1):47-9.

PCR detection of Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Borrelia burgdorferi in Ixodes persulcatus ticks in Mongolia.

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  • 1Laboratory of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Chiba Institute of Science.

Abstract

A molecular epidemiological survey was conducted to identify the tick-borne disease agents Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato in Selenge Province, Mongolia. The survey was in response to a suspected A. phagocytophilum infection in a patient. In 2012, a total of 129 questing Ixodes persulcatus adult ticks were sampled by flagging vegetation. A. phagocytophilum and Borrelia spp. were detected by PCR, targeting the 16S rDNA (rrs) and 5S-23S intergenic spacer region, respectively. Infection rates for A. phagocytophilum and B. burgdorferi sensu lato spp. were 6.2% and 55.0%, respectively. Six of the 129 ticks (4.9%) were coinfected with A. phagocytophilum and B. burgdorferi sensu lato. Among Borrelia spp., the highest prevalence rate was that for B. garinii 20047 type (26.3%), followed by B. afzelii (7.8%) and B. garinii NT29 type (7.0%). Furthermore, ticks were detected that were dually infected with B. afzelii and B. garinii 20047 type (7.8%) and B. garinii NT29 and 20047 types (6.2%).

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