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Type of publication: Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science ar/ir Scopus / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science or / and Scopus (S1)
Field of Science: Biologija / Biology (N010)
Author(s): Lipatova, Indrė;Ražanskė, Irma;Jurgelevičius, Vaclovas;Paulauskas, Algimantas
Title: Bartonella washoensis infection in red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) and their ectoparasites in Lithuania
Is part of: Comparative immunology, microbiology and infectious diseases. Amsterdam : Elsevier Ltd., 2020, vol. 68
Extent: p. 1-5
Date: 2020
Keywords: Bartonella infection;Sciurus vulgaris;Fleas;Ticks
Abstract: This is the first study to investigate the presence of Bartonella infections in different internal organs of red squirrels and their ectoparasites in Lithuania. A total of 39 roadkill red squirrels were collected. Squirrels were infested with Ixodes ricinus ticks (191) and Ceratophyllus sciurorum fleas (36). The presence of Bartonella spp. was screened using 16 S–23 S rRNA internal transcribed spacer region and bacteria were detected in 38.5 % (15/39) samples of squirrels, 1.0 % (2/191) samples of ticks and 55.5 % (20/36) samples of fleas. The infection rate of different internal organs of squirrels varied from 11.1%–47.4%. The 16 S–23 S rRNA ITS region sequences showed that Bartonella washoensis were detected in squirrels and their ectoparasites. The results from this study support the hypothesis that S. vulgaris and their fleas, C.sciurorum, serve as a major reservoir and a vector, respectively, of zoonotic B. washoensis in Lithuania
Affiliation(s): Biologijos katedra
Gamtos mokslų fakultetas
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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