Evidence for a Role of the Host-Specific Flea (Paraceras melis) in the Transmission of Trypanosoma (Megatrypanum) pestanai to the European Badger

@inproceedings{Lizundia2011EvidenceFA,
  title={Evidence for a Role of the Host-Specific Flea (Paraceras melis) in the Transmission of Trypanosoma (Megatrypanum) pestanai to the European Badger},
  author={Regina Lizundia and Chris Newman and Christina Dagmar Buesching and Daniel Ngugi and Damer P Blake and Yung Wa Sin and David W Macdonald and A. D. Wilson and Declan J. McKeever},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
We investigated the epidemiology of Trypanosoma pestanai infection in European badgers (Meles meles) from Wytham Woods (Oxfordshire, UK) to determine prevalence rates and to identify the arthropod vector responsible for transmission. A total of 245 badger blood samples was collected during September and November 2009 and examined by PCR using primers derived from the 18S rRNA of T. pestanai. The parasite was detected in blood from 31% of individuals tested. T. pestanai was isolated from primary… CONTINUE READING