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Parasit Vectors. 2015 Sep 17;8:461. doi: 10.1186/s13071-015-1065-1.

Rickettsia raoultii in Haemaphysalis erinacei from marbled polecats, China-Kazakhstan border.

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1
School of Medicine, Shihezi University, Shihezi, 832000, China. liping-guo@qq.com.
2
School of Medicine, Shihezi University, Shihezi, 832000, China. 734234401@qq.com.
3
Xinjiang Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Urumqi, 830063, China. alskxj@126.com.
4
School of Medicine, Shihezi University, Shihezi, 832000, China. 799149270@qq.com.
5
College of Animal Science and Technology, Shihezi University, Shihezi, 832000, China. 417534504@qq.com.
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College of Animal Science and Technology, Shihezi University, Shihezi, 832000, China. ccf-xb@163.com.
7
Xinjiang Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Urumqi, 830063, China. 54178451@qq.com.
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School of Medicine, Shihezi University, Shihezi, 832000, China. zwj1117@sina.com.
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School of Medicine, Shihezi University, Shihezi, 832000, China. wangyuanzhi621@126.com.

Abstract

We found Rickettsia raoultii DNA in 2 out of 32 (6.25 %) Haemaphysalis erinacei ticks. Result showed that the sequences of five genes (17-kDa, gltA, ompA, rrs, and ompB) were 100 % identity with that of R. Raoultii in GenBank. This study is the first report on the presence of R. raoultii in H. erinacei from wild marbled polecat, Vormela peregusna. Our findings suggest that H. erinacei parasitizing wild marbled polecat may serve as reservoir and carriers for R. raoultii in areas around the China-Kazakhstan border. The transmission of tick-borne diseases originated from wildlife should not be underestimated in border region.

PMID:
26383238
PMCID:
PMC4573940
DOI:
10.1186/s13071-015-1065-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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