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In order to better understand the enzootiology of trypanosomiasis caused by Trypanosoma evansi in the Brazilian Pantanal we examined domestic and wild mammals by microhematocrit centrifuge technique (MHCT), immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). T. evansi infection was detected in all species sampled with exception of(More)
Ticks represent the primary vectors of several serious diseases, including the Lyme disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl). In this study two dominant ectoparasitic groups of arthropods (Mesostigmata, Siphonaptera) were investigated for the presence of borrelian DNA in order to determine their potential role of vectors (or carriers) of(More)
The ever-increasing number of Lyme borreliosis patients led us to consider more effective procedures for disease prevention. The aim of our study was to monitor the annual activity and infectivity of Ixodes ricinus ticks in the Pisárky region, City of Brno, CR, and to test the responses of the locally-captured ticks to selected repellents. The result of(More)
In this study, larvae (1,179 ex.) of mosquito genera Culex were examined for the presence of spirochaetes by Dark Field Microscopy (DFM) at the locality of Blansko (Czech Republic) in of 2004-2008. DFM spirochaete positive samples (25.4 %) were investigated by nested PCR; only 4 samples were positive for the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato,(More)
Two different genetic loci, flaB and ospC, were employed to assign genospecies and OspC phylogenetic type to 18 strains isolated from ticks collected in Pisárky, a suburban park in the city of Brno, Czech Republic. The RFLP analysis revealed three different genospecies (B. afzelii, B. garinii, and B. valaisiana). Three samples from the collection contained(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the article is to present the results of monitoring the prevalence of the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl) in Ixodes ricinus ticks in two different locations in the city of Brno, Pisárky and Zamilovaný hájek (ZH). At the same time, factors potentially affecting the activity of ticks in these locations were studied.(More)
In current work, we used recombinant OspC protein derived from B. afzelii strain BRZ31 in the native homodimeric fold for mice immunization and following selection process to produce three mouse monoclonal antibodies able to bind to variable parts of up to five different OspC proteins. Applying the combination of mass spectrometry assisted epitope mapping(More)
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