Volga Punda-Polić

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We report on the molecular evidence that Dermacentor reticulatus ticks in Croatia are infected with Rickettsia helvetica (10%) or Rickettsia slovaca (2%) or co-infected with both species (1%). These findings expand the knowledge of the geographic distribution of R. helvetica and D. reticulatus ticks.
As the seventh most common human malignancy, bladder cancer represents a global health problem. In addition to well-recognized risk factors such as smoking and exposure to chemicals, various infectious agents have been implicated as cofactors in the pathogenesis of urothelial malignancies. The aim of the present study was to assess the possible association(More)
To the Editor: Carbapenem-hydrolyzing enzymes of the VIM-type (six different variants are known: VIM-1, VIM-2, VIM-3, VIM-4, VIM-5, and VIM-6) are new molecular class B metallo-β-lactamases. These enzymes have recently been identified in carbapenem-resistant isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other gram-negative nonfermenters from European countries in(More)
The prevalence of asymptomatic leishmaniasis in the general population of Croatia has not been studied to date. To assess the prevalence of Leishmania infantum specific IgG antibodies among immunocompetent residents of Croatia, sera from 2,035 persons (eastern coast of Adriatic Sea, n=1,186; Adriatic islands, n=653; mainland, n=196), were tested by an(More)
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