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1 April 2006 LOUSE-BORNE BACTERIAL PATHOGENS IN LICE (PHTHIRAPTERA) OF RODENTS AND CATTLE FROM EGYPT
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We collected 1,023 lice, representing 5 species, from rats and domestic cattle throughout 13 governorates in Egypt and tested these lice for Anaplasma marginale, Bartonella spp., Brucella spp., Borrelia recurrentis, Coxiella burnetii, Francisella tularensis, and Rickettsia spp. by PCR amplification and sequencing. Five different louse-borne bacterial agents were detected in lice from rodents or cattle, including “Bartonella rattimassiliensis”, “B. phoceensis”, and Bartonella sp. near Bartonella tribocorum, Coxiella burnetii, and Rickettsia typhi. More lice from governorates bordering the Mediterranean and Red Seas contained pathogens. Our data indicate that lice of urban and domestic animals harbor pathogenic or potentially pathogenic bacterial agents throughout Egypt.
Will K. Reeves, Daniel E. Szumlas, John R. Moriarity, Amanda D. Loftis, Magda M. Abbassy, Ibrahim M. Helmy and Gregory A. Dasch "LOUSE-BORNE BACTERIAL PATHOGENS IN LICE (PHTHIRAPTERA) OF RODENTS AND CATTLE FROM EGYPT," Journal of Parasitology 92(2), (1 April 2006). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-717R.1
Received: 22 August 2005; Accepted: 1 October 2005; Published: 1 April 2006
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