Elena Kocianová

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Borrelia spirochetes in bird-feeding ticks were studied in the Czech Republic. During the postbreeding period (July to September 2005), 1,080 passerine birds infested by 2,240 Ixodes ricinus subadult ticks were examined. Borrelia garinii was detected in 22.2% of the ticks, Borrelia valaisiana was detected in 12.8% of the ticks, Borrelia afzelii was detected(More)
Rickettsiae, obligate intracellular Gram-negative bacteria, responsible for mild to severe diseases in humans are associated with arthropod vectors. Dermacentor marginatus and Dermacentor reticulatus are known vectors of Rickettsia slovaca and Rickettsia raoultii distributed across Europe. A total of 794 D. marginatus, D. reticulatus and Ixodes ricinus(More)
INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE Marked activation of natural foci of tularemia in the known endemic area of Central Europe, comprising the borderland of Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic, led to an epidemic outbreak in western Slovakia and an increase in the number of human tularemia cases in the adjoining regions of northeastern Austria and southern(More)
In this study, three tick species (Ixodes ricinus, Dermacentor marginatus, and D. reticulatus), small terrestrial mammals, and game were examined by PCR for the presence of tick-borne pathogens Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Coxiella burnetii, Rickettsia spp., and Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu lato.
Blackbirds (Turdus merula) and song thrushes (Turdus philomelos) were found to carry 95% of all spirochete-infected tick larvae among 40 bird species captured in Central Europe. More than 90% of the infections were typed as Borrelia garinii and Borrelia valaisiana. We conclude that thrushes are key players in the maintenance of these spirochete species in(More)
Wild birds are known to be a reservoir of infectious disease agents and disseminatory hosts of ticks. The purpose of this work was to obtain information about the occurrence of rickettsial, anaplasmal, and borrelial infections in some ticks that parasitize wild birds in the Czech Republic. A total of 549 subadult ticks of three species Ixodes arboricola(More)
Knowledge of the duration of tick feeding can contribute to assessment of disease transmission risk, and may be estimated from changes in body dimensions during engorgement. Application of this approach to the European tick, Ixodes ricinus, is described here. Nymphal and adult female I. ricinus ticks were detached at predetermined intervals from laboratory(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of wild animals for Anaplasma phagocytophilum, other ehrlichiae/anaplasmae, Rickettsia helvetica and other rickettsiae and whether different genetic variants of A. phagocytophilum in central Slovakia exist. A total of 109 spleen samples from 49 red deer (Cervus elaphus), 30 roe deer (Capreolus(More)
Examination of ticks for the presence of F. tularensis resulted in the isolation of 29 strains, predominantly from the species D. reticulatus (19x), further from I. ricinus (8x) and from H. concinna (2x). The results confirmed the activity of the known endemic focus in the area of Podunajské Biskupice and revealed three new foci in the localities Smolenice(More)