First evidence of Babesia venatorum and Babesia capreoli in questing Ixodes ricinus ticks in the Czech Republic

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VENCLÍKOVÁ Kristýna MENDEL Jan BETÁŠOVÁ Lenka HUBÁLEK Zdeněk RUDOLF Ivo

Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine
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Faculty of Science

Citation
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.5604/12321966.1152067
Field Microbiology, virology
Keywords Babesia sp. EU1; Babesia venatorum; Babesia capreoli; Ixodes ricinus; ixodid ticks
Description Introduction and objective. Ixodes ricinus is the most common tick species occurring in Central Europe and it serves as a principal vector of emerging human pathogens. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Babesia spp. in host-seeking I. ricinus in urban and natural habitats. Materials and methods. PCR was applied on samples to assess prevalence of Babesia spp. in questing ixodid ticks. Sequencing was used for Babesia species determination. Results. 1,473 I. ricinus ticks (1,294 nymphs, 99 males and 80 females) were examined for the presence of Babesia spp. at the two study sites. Minimum infection rate for Babesia spp. was found to be 0.5% (infected I. ricinus nymphs were only detected in the natural ecosystem). Two Babesia species were identified by sequencing: B. venatorum (formerly called Babesia sp. EU1) and B. capreoli. Conclusions. The results obtained represent the first evidence of the occurrence of B. venatorum and B. capreoli in hostseeking I. ricinus ticks in the Czech Republic.
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