Lake Baikal and its neighboring territories are an intermediate zone for the " steppe " and " arctic-like " rabies virus lineages in Russia. After the elimination of dog-mediated rabies during the early 1980s, this area remained rabies-free for over 25–30 years. A sudden reappearance of rabies occurred in this zone in the Republic of Bury-atia in 2011–2012.… (More)
Three tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) strains were isolated from Ixodes persulcatus ticks, and one was isolated from a shrew in the territory of eastern Siberia (Russia). The level of sequence identity compared to Neudoerfl (the European prototype strain) is 97.2 to 97.3%.
The data of estimating the number of Ixodes perculcatus by two methods (the number of ticks per flag-hour and that per flag-kilometer) in the near-Baikal area were analyzed. According to these values, the abundance of taiga ticks in individual calculations ranged from 0 to 394. The association between the time of passage and the number of collected ticks… (More)