Francisella-like endosymbiont in Dermacentor reticulatus collected in Portugal.


In Portugal, recent studies have confirmed the presence of Francisella tularensis in Dermacentor reticulatus. Bacterial endosymbionts with significant homology to F. tularensis have been described in several species of ticks. In this work we identified Francisella-like endosymbionts in D. reticulatus ticks (39%), confirming the presence of these bacteria in Portugal. This finding should be considered in future studies using molecular approaches to detect Francisella prevalence in ticks and environmental samples.

DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2010.0014

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@article{Carvalho2011FrancisellalikeEI, title={Francisella-like endosymbiont in Dermacentor reticulatus collected in Portugal.}, author={Isabel Lopes de Carvalho and Nuno Santos and Teresa Soares and L{\'i}bia Z{\'e}-Z{\'e} and Mar{\'i}a Sofia Nuncio}, journal={Vector borne and zoonotic diseases}, year={2011}, volume={11 2}, pages={185-8} }