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Type of publication: conference paper
Type of publication (PDB): Konferencijų tezės nerecenzuojamuose leidiniuose / Conference theses in non-peer-reviewed publications (T2)
Field of Science: Biologija / Biology (N010)
Author(s): Snegiriovaitė, Justina;Balčiauskas, Linas;Paulauskas, Algimantas;Radzijevskaja, Jana
Title: Diversity of tick-borne pathogens in Ixodes ricinus ticks parasitizing small rodents in commercial gardens in Lithuania
Is part of: Parasites in a changing world: 9th conference of the Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology, April 21-23, 2021, Vilnius: abstract book. Vilnius: Nature Research Centre, 2021
Extent: p. 119-119
Date: 2021
Keywords: Ixodes ricinus tick;Tick-borne pathogens;Rodents
ISBN: 9786098255058
Abstract: Ixodes ricinus tick is the main vector for the causative agents of various zoonotic diseases, including Lyme borreliosis and tick-borne encephalitis. Different species of rodents are the main hosts of immature stages of Ixode sticks and recognized as reservoirs of several tickborne pathogens, such Borrelia burgdorferi sensulato, Borrelia miyamotoi, Babesia microti and Rickettsia species. Populations of rodents and their ectoparasites that have close contact with humans can influence public health due to the potential risk for diseases transmission. Also, there is little known about density of ticks in gardens and the diversity of tick-borne pathogens that they carry. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence and prevalence of pathogens in ticks parasitizing different species of small rodents in commercial orchards and berry plantationsin Lithuania. Ticks were collected from six different species of rodents (Apodemus flavicollis, A. agrarius, Microtus arvalis, M. agrestis, M. oeconomus and Myodes glareolus) caught in apple orchards, and currant and raspberry plantations in Lithuania in 2018 and 2020. Rodents were infected with Ixodes ricinus larvae and nymphs. After DNA extraction, ticks were further analysed for the presence of Borrelia spp, Rickettsia spp. and Babesia spp. pathogens by real-time PCR followed by sequencing for species identification. Our investigations provide new information on detection of multiple pathogens in I. Ricinu sticks parasitizing small rodents in commercial gardens in Lithuania
Affiliation(s): Biologijos katedra
Gamtos mokslų fakultetas
Gamtos tyrimų centras
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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