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1 July 2011 Molecular Survey of Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Ehrlichia canis in Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) from Central Italy
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During the 2007–2008 hunting season, 150 spleen samples were collected from free-ranging red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in central Italy. The specimens were tested by two nested PCR assays to detect DNA of Anaplasma phagocytophilum, etiologic agent of granulocytic ehrlichiosis of animals and humans, and DNA of Ehrlichia canis, which causes the monocytic ehrlichiosis in canids. None of the foxes were PCR-positive for E. canis; 25 (16.6%) were positive for A. phagocytophilum. No specific gross alterations were detected at necropsy, and no histopathologic lesions found on PCR-positive spleen samples.

Valentina Virginia Ebani, Ranieri Verin, Filippo Fratini, Alessandro Poli, and Domenico Cerri "Molecular Survey of Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Ehrlichia canis in Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) from Central Italy," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 47(3), 699-703, (1 July 2011). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-47.3.699
Received: 1 April 2010; Accepted: 1 January 2011; Published: 1 July 2011
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