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Travel Med Infect Dis. 2018 Nov - Dec;26:58-61. doi: 10.1016/j.tmaid.2018.08.008. Epub 2018 Sep 6.

Tick-borne pathogens in removed ticks Veneto, northeastern Italy: A cross-sectional investigation.

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1
Centre for Tropical Diseases, IRCCS Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital, Via Sempreboni 5, 37024, Negrar, Italy. Electronic address: anna.beltrame@sacrocuore.it.
2
Aix Marseille Univ, AP-HM, SSA, VITROME, IHU-Méditerranée Infection, 19-21 Bd Jean Moulin, 13005, Marseille, France. Electronic address: maureen.laroche972@gmail.com.
3
Centre for Tropical Diseases, IRCCS Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital, Via Sempreboni 5, 37024, Negrar, Italy. Electronic address: monica.degani@sacrocuore.it.
4
Centre for Tropical Diseases, IRCCS Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital, Via Sempreboni 5, 37024, Negrar, Italy. Electronic address: francesca.perandin@sacrocuore.it.
5
Centre for Tropical Diseases, IRCCS Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital, Via Sempreboni 5, 37024, Negrar, Italy. Electronic address: zeno.bisoffi@sacrocuore.it.
6
Aix Marseille Univ, AP-HM, MEPHI, IHU-Méditerranée Infection, 19-21 Bd Jean Moulin, 13005, Marseille, France. Electronic address: didier.raoult@gmail.com.
7
Aix Marseille Univ, AP-HM, SSA, VITROME, IHU-Méditerranée Infection, 19-21 Bd Jean Moulin, 13005, Marseille, France. Electronic address: philippe.parola@univ-amu.fr.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In Italy, the incidence of tick-borne diseases in humans is underestimated, as they are not obligatorily notifiable. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of tick-borne pathogens in ticks removed from human subjects in Veneto region (northeastern Italy), an area for which no published studies are yet available.

METHOD:

Forty-five ticks prospectively removed from human subjects, between March and August 2016, were analysed for bacterial DNA.

RESULTS:

Seven of 45 ticks were infected with bacteria, including human pathogens: 4 Rickettsia spp. (9%), including R. monacensis and R. helvetica; 3 Borrelia spp. and 1 Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Three subjects bitten by infected ticks reported symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS:

Rickettsiosis and anaplasmosis, tick-borne diseases previously not considered in northeastern Italy, should not be neglected. A new survey for a longer period is required to obtain stronger epidemiological data.

KEYWORDS:

Anaplasma; Borrelia; Italy; Rickettsia; Tick-borne diseases; Ticks

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