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Scand J Infect Dis. 2004;36(4):305-6.

Lack of Bartonella sp. in 167 Ixodes ricinus ticks collected in central Sweden.

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  • 1Unité des Rickettsies, CNRS UMR 6020 IFR 48, Faculté de Médecine de Marseille, Marseille, France.


Sudden death in Swedish orienteers was demonstrated to be significantly associated with antibodies to Bartonella sp. To test if these antibodies could be related with tick exposure, we searched Bartonella sp. in Ixodes ricinus ticks using specific PCR amplification and culture. No Bartonella sp. was detected in 167 ticks tested.

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