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1 November 2009 Rickettsia slovaca and Rickettsia raoultii in Dermacentor marginatus Ticks Collected on Wild Boars in Tuscany, Italy
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During the hunting season 2007–2008, 494 Dermacentor marginatus (Sulzer) ticks were collected from 109 hunter-killed wild boars, Sus scrofa, in Lucca's province, Tuscany, Italy. Rickettsia slovaca, the causative agent of tick-borne lymphadenopathy (TIBOLA), was detected in 32.1% of ticks tested (n = 112) by using polymerase chain reaction primers targeting gltA, ompA, and ompB rickettsial genes. Moreover, Rickettsia raoultii was found for the first time in Italy, with 1.8% infection prevalence. This study confirms the risk posed to humans by ticks and tick-borne pathogens in the study area, where cases of spotted fever rickettsiosis (TIBOLA) are reported.

© 2009 Entomological Society of America
Marco Selmi, Elisa Martello, Luigi Bertolotti, Donal Bisanzio, and Laura Tomassone "Rickettsia slovaca and Rickettsia raoultii in Dermacentor marginatus Ticks Collected on Wild Boars in Tuscany, Italy," Journal of Medical Entomology 46(6), 1490-1493, (1 November 2009). https://doi.org/10.1603/033.046.0636
Received: 31 March 2009; Accepted: 1 August 2009; Published: 1 November 2009
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