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Little is known about the distribution of Human Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis (HGE) in Europe and even less is known in Italy, where no case of clinically documented HGE has been reported. In a previous study we reported the presence of Ehrlichia DNA in Ixodes ricinus ticks from Central Italy. By the use of an Ehrlichia-specific PCR we found that 24% of the(More)
A study to evaluate the natural rate of infection of Ixodes ricinus with Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato was carried out in an endemic focus of Lyme disease in the Trieste area in northern Italy. Two-hundred and twenty-seven ticks collected in ten different stations were tested individually for the presence of the spirochetes using polymerase chain reaction(More)
The activity of rokitamycin, a new macrolide with a 16-member ring, was tested against Borrelia burgdorferi in vitro. The antibiotic had a lower MIC at which 50% of the isolates are inhibited than erythromycin, the parent 14-member macrolide, but the same MIC at which 50% of the isolates are inhibited as the other recent 14- and 15-member macrolides, like(More)
Racism and racial prejudice, considered a relic of obsolete and outdated social systems, is emerging in the depths of ultra-modern Western societies with different characteristics from the past but with a surprising and worrying virulence. These waves of prejudice and racism testify to the many fears that fill the horizons of advanced societies, undermining(More)
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