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Totally, 2590 questing adult Ixodes persulcatus ticks and 1458 small mammals from Ural, Siberia, and the Far East as well as 53 Haemaphysalis concinna, 136 Haem. japonica, and 43 Dermacentor silvarum ticks--exclusively adults--from the Far East were examined for the presence of Ehrlichia and Anaplasma by nested PCR based on the 16S rRNA gene. Both Anaplasma(More)
The specimens of 3552 questing adult Ixodes persulcatus and 1698 blood/tissue samples of small mammals collected in Ural, Siberia, and Far East of Russia were assayed for the presence of Anaplasma phagocytophilum by nested PCR based on the 16S rRNA gene. Totally, A. phagocytophilum was detected in 112 tick and 88 mammalian samples. The nucleotide sequences(More)
To study Babesia diversity in Ixodid ticks in Russia, Ixodes persulcatus, Haemaphysalis japonica, Haemaphysalisconcinna, Dermacentor silvarum, and Dermacentor nuttalli ticks collected in the Far East and Baikal region were assayed for the presence of Babesia spp. using nested PCR. In total, Babesia DNA was detected in 30 of the 1125 (2.7%) I. persulcatus,(More)
Totally, 932 small mammals and 458 questing adult Ixodes persulcatus from Sverdlovsk and Novosibirsk regions and Khabarovsk Territory, as well as 128 Haemaphysalis japonica, 34 H. concinna and 29 Dermacentor silvarum from Khabarovsk Territory were examined for the presence of Babesia by nested PCR based on the 18S rRNA gene. Babesia microti DNA was found in(More)
A potentially broad-range PCR system for gltA gene amplification has been designed. A nearly full (992 bp) sequence of the gltA gene was amplified in two steps. DNA was extracted from organs (spleen and liver) of four mostly spread species of rodents: Apodemus agrarius and Apodemus peninsulae mice; Clethrionomys rufocanus and Microtus fortis voles. All(More)
Recently, a new Ehrlichia genetic variant, Ehrlichia sp. Khabarovsk, was identified in tissue samples of small mammals captured in the Russian Far East. To further characterize Ehrlichia sp. Khabarovsk, tissue homogenate from a naturally infected gray red-backed vole (Myodes rufocanus) was passaged three times in newborn laboratory mice. Using nested PCR(More)
There has been recently a rise in referrals for Ixodes tick bites in the spring and summer periods in the Kamchatka Territory. Among the dominant tick species, there has been the taiga tick Ixodes persulcatus habiting the extensive areas of the southern and central parts of the peninsula. Examination of 84 I. persulcatus females collected from human beings(More)
In total, 484 Haemaphysalis japonica, 359 Haemaphysalis concinna, and 221 Dermacentor silvarum collected in Amur oblast and Khabarovsk krai of the Russian Far East were examined regarding the presence of Anaplasmataceae bacteria using nested PCR. All positive samples were characterized by analysis of the 16S rRNA gene and/or groESL operone nucleotide(More)
Rickettsia spp. are intracellular Gram-negative bacteria transmitted by arthropods. Two potentially pathogenic rickettsiae, Candidatus Rickettsia tarasevichiae and Rickettsia helvetica, have been found in unfed adult Ixodes persulcatus ticks. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and genetic variability of Rickettsia spp. in I. persulcatus(More)
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