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Detection of pathogenic Ehrlichia in ticks collected at acquisition sites of human ehrlichiosis in Missouri.

Authors
  • DeShields, Alex
  • Borman-Shoap, Emily
  • Peters, James E
  • Gaudreault-Keener, Monique
  • Arens, Max Q
  • Storch, Gregory A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Missouri medicine
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2004
Volume
101
Issue
2
Pages
132–136
Identifiers
PMID: 15119113
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We collected 385 ticks from sites in Missouri associated with human monocytic ehrlichiosis. Using PCR, we detected E. chaffeensis or E. ewingii in 2 of 19 pools of adult Amblyomma americanum, 0 of 32 pools of Dermacentor variabilis, and 6 (18%) of 39 pools of unspeciated nymphal ticks from 3 of 6 sites associated with disease and one site not associated with disease. We also detected a variant of A. phagocytophila in one nymph pool.

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