Tick species and tick-borne infections identified in population from a rural area of Spain

  title={Tick species and tick-borne infections identified in population from a rural area of Spain},
  author={Francisco Jes{\'u}s Merino and Teresa Nebreda and Jos{\'e} Luis Serrano and Pedro Fern{\'a}ndez-Soto and Antonio Encinas and Ricardo P{\'e}rez-S{\'a}nchez},
  journal={Epidemiology and Infection},
  pages={943 - 949}
To determine the tick species that bite humans in the province of Soria (Spain) and ascertain the tick-borne pathogens that threaten people's health in that province, 185 tick specimens were collected from 179 patients who sought medical advice at health-care centres. The ticks were identified, and their DNA examined by PCR for pathogens. Most ticks were collected in autumn and spring (59 and 57 respectively). Nine species of ticks were identified, the most frequent being Dermacentor marginatus… 
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